Last week, residents of Austin finally saw some closure to a horrific accident that took place in December 2013. Nicholas Wyzykowski pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter and five counts of intoxication assault after a night of drinking with friends resulted in him plowing into multiple cars while going around 100mph. When taken into custody, Wyzykowski was determined to be driving with a 0.27 BAC, which is more than three times the legal limit.
The two individuals who were murdered by Wyzykowski's decision to drive while drunk were Peggy Howard, a kindergarten teacher, and her 18-year-old son Cale Howard. Five other people suffered terrible injuries that likely will affect them for the rest of their lives. Wyzykowski suffered only minor injuries, which is often the unfortunate twist in such incidents, as those who are drunk have bodies that do not react as quickly to the force of the trauma and therefore remain limp and better protected from injury.
Wyzykowski, who appeared indifferent to the lives he had just taken when he was arrested, now will spend eighteen years behind bars, serving half of that time before he is eligible for parole. A young man himself, 22-year-old Wyzykowski will have plenty of life ahead of him when his sentence is over. Through a foolish and selfish decision, he took that right away from others.
It is devastating to read about these senseless acts, when in one moment lives are ended and the lives of countless family members and friends are changed forever. One can only hope that the offender in this case will come out of prison a changed man and work to help others make different choices.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a drunk driver, we want to get you the justice you deserve. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who specialize in working with victims of such acts. We will work tirelessly to make sure you are compensated, to the extent that is possible, for your pain, suffering, and damages. Please contact us today.