Drunk Hit-and-Run Driver Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Brian Leymaster said that on August 25, 2011, he “made the worst decision” of his life. After spending the day drinking, he ignored his wife’s plea to let his 17-year-old-son drive him home. He crashed into a motorcycle rider and killed him. His sons, who were taking the same route home, discovered their father at the scene of the accident (Leymaster’s truck had crashed into a tree). He made them drive him home, leaving 60-year-old Gar Riggs alone and dying on the road.

When Leymaster’s wife heard about the accident, she drove her husband back to the scene of the accident so he could turn himself in. About two hours after the accident, his blood alcohol concentration was .15 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent. Police charged him with second degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.

On Tuesday, January 22, the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon sentenced Leymaster to at least six years in prison.

Riggs, who was out for an afternoon ride with a friend, had done nothing wrong. When a driver ignores safety laws and kills innocent motorists, the victim’s family has a right to seek justice against negligent drivers. To learn more about how we can help victims of fatal motorcycle accidents, please visit our website. We offer free consultations for anyone affected by catastrophic accidents. Call (866) 377-3800 today to speak with us.

Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver accident attorneys

[Tom’s Tips: There are ways to check your BAC before you drive. Download an app or visit a site where you enter the number of drinks you had, how fast you drank them, your weight and your gender and it will estimate your BAC. You can also buy a personal breathalyzer for more accurate results.]

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