Are you curious about what is happening in court systems around the nation?
Well, a Florida man is taking full advantage of the legal system by filing a lawsuit against a man he is accused of killing in a DUI-related collision.
According to an ABC News report, David Belniak, who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter stemming from a crash near Tampa, Fla., on Christmas Day 2007 that killed three of the four people in the vehicle he hit, is now suing the estate of Ray McWilliams, the now-deceased driver of the other vehicle.
Belniak is suing for more than $15,000, claiming it was actually McWilliams who caused the crash by abruptly changing lanes, according to the news story.
McWilliams initially survived the crash but later died. Belniak was sentenced to 12 years in prison, where he remains.
The money is reportedly to compensate Belniak for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, according to the suit.
Belniak's attorney, Debra A. Tuomey, who is also his sister, said the government's prosecution amounted to a character assassination and Belniak accepted a plea deal only to avoid risking getting a life sentence in trial, said the news report.
Eyewitnesses reportedly said McWilliams was stopped a red light when Belniak, at 70 to 90 mph, and never veering or braking, rear-ended him.
Prior to the incident, citizens had called Florida Highway Patrol to say Belniak had been driving out of control, she said.
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