A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 12 months in prison in Reykjanes District Court yesterday for driving under the influence of alcohol, exceeding the speed limit, and indirectly causing the death of two girls who were passengers in the car.
The accident occurred in Reykjanesbaer municipality in April 2010. The two girls were not wearing seatbelts. A third girl was also in the car and suffered severe injuries, Fréttabladid reports [20.04.11].
The man stated that he couldn’t remember much about the drive due to his intoxicated state and admitted to having felt drunk and tired behind the wheel. He is believed to have been driving at a speed of 114 kilometers per hour.
Nine of the 12 months in prison are probational for two years. The convict was also deprived of his driver’s license for three years.
Another driver in his twenties has been charged with unintentional murder by driving under the influence of cannabis in Akureyri in January and hitting a jogger who died from his injuries.
In other news, a woman around 70 died in a traffic accident in northwest Iceland last night when her SUV collided with a truck. The truck driver was uninjured, ruv.is reports [20.04.11].