A truck driver who was involved in a fatal crash was spared jail time, in part, due to the victim’s family’s request.
On Friday, Ravinderpal Singh was sentenced to 3 years of probation and 400 hours of community service for his role in the 2014 crash that killed Daniel McGuire of Santa Cruz, California.
The crashed occurred during July 2014 on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. According to ABC-30, Singh’s truck crashed into McGuires’ car, after he lost control of the rig on a steep hill.
During his sentencing Singh told the courtroom, “I wish I was not on the road that day and someone had not lost life because of my actions.”
McGuire’s family urged the judge not to send the truck driver to jail, but instead require him to share his experience with others, in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
#NEW: Singh sentenced to 3 yrs. probation and 400 hrs. of community service. McGuire's parents did not want Singh to serve time in jail.
— Chris Nguyen ABC7 (@ChrisNguyenTV) December 11, 2015
Singh, who was facing up to a year in prison, was sentenced to probation and community service.
“I could see that he was very apologetic and obviously feels terrible about the situation he was put in and the result,” McGuire’s father said.
The family is still seeking punitive damages from the trucking company, alleging that the truck was not properly maintained.