The first charge is vehicular manslaughter which is

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committed. The first charge is vehicular manslaughter, which is defined as “the crime of causing the death of a human being due to illegal driving of an automobile, including gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving or speeding”, according to the legal dictionary presented on law.com. Cook was recorded as having a .17% blood-alcohol level, which is more than twice the legal limit (Rainey). There were also statements made about Cook regarding the speed he was driving. Some commented that they had seen his car completely off the ground while driving over a hill, but the defense argued against their claims because of the inconsistency of the speed they were claiming (Baxtrom). Along with the charge of vehicular manslaughter, he should also be charged with a DUI. Driving under the influence would be a straightforward claim to make against Mr.Cook. Albeit, the defence attorney argued that the sobriety tests were flawed because of head trauma that occurred during the crash (Rainey). Ferguson 2
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In the end, Keith Cook was responsible for the injuries inflicted upon the victims (Jadine, and two police officers), but Mrs. Russell was responsible for her ultimate death. Laurie Levenson associate dean at Loyola Law School stated, “This is a fascinating causation issue. Did the defendant kill her, or did she kill herself?”
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  • Spring '14
  • Ichikawa
  • English, Manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, Mrs. Russell, Keith Cook

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