Driver Who Struck Pedestrian Receives Four-Year Sentence

By May 12, 2008Highway Safety

In early May, a Missouri man who struck and killed a Branson County public works employee after he lost control of his car was sentenced to four years in prison, the Branson Daily News reports.
According to the article written by reporter Mindy Honey, on Aug. 3, 2004, Richard S. Toeneboehn, 21, was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Gretna Road in Branson, Mo. Several witnesses reported that Toeneboehn appeared to be racing another car.
Toeneboehn lost control of his car, hit the curb, spun out and hit James Turner, who was weed eating on the side of the road.
Toeneboehn was charged with the class D felony of involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded guilty and Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr imposed the sentence as part of a 120-day shock incarceration program.
Unfortunately, the death of the public works employee is not an isolated one. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year by motorists and more than 70,000 are injured. That means that every eight minutes a pedestrian is hurt in the United States and every 111 minutes a pedestrian is killed.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident as a result of the negligence of another, please contact our attorneys for legal assistance as soon as possible at 877-678-3400.
The lawyers of Carey, Danis & Lowe are experienced in helping people who have been hurt as a result of the negligence of another. We will seek compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future wages, pain and suffering, disability and other damages. We also represent family members in wrongful death cases.