A drunk driver responsible for an accident that killed two passengers riding in his car was sentenced Tuesday in San Luis Obispo to four years in prison.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 22 year old Evan Alexander Green was driving his Saturn sedan under the influence of alcohol in Avila Beach in June of 2011 when he lost control and flipped the vehicle, killing 21 year old Marcus Alex Nelson of Castro Valley and 21 year old Aaron Beaver of Eureka.

Officers who responded to the accident said that Green, a student from Chico State University, had a blood-alcohol content level three times the legal driving limit, and was operating without a valid driver’s license.

The San Luis Obispo County Tribune reported that Green was sentenced after pleading no contest to several counts, including two of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

During his sentencing, Green apologized to the court and the families of the victims who were killed and said that he would suffer with the burden of his actions for the remainder of his life.

Fatal accident cases like these continue to reinforce the dangers associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A seemingly harmless joyride can quickly become an accident scene, complete with serious injury, death, and lengthy jail time from those responsible.

If you or someone you know is thinking about getting behind the wheel after being underneath an open alcohol container, understand that the ramifications are severe. Death or serious injury is a regular outcome, often including others drivers on the road or pedestrians nearby.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a drunk driver like this, there is legal assistance available to you to help you get the justice you deserve from those at fault. These kinds of accidents can inflict serious and long lasting damage that can take weeks, months, or even years to mend.

Fortunately, through the assistance of an experienced Sacramento accident lawyer, you can recover compensation from those liable parties to help you cover the financial damages brought upon you through things like medical bills, car repair payments, and lost wages from time spent away from work.

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