U.S. soldiers, not matter the branch they serve, are paid to place their lives on the line, often in foreign countries. However, many who survive their tours of duty come home, only to have an auto-accident claim their lives. Some of these auto accidents are the fault of the soldier, but some are also attributed to persons who drive while under the influence. Fox 5 San Diego reports on a man who has pleaded guilty to a DUI crash that killed a Marine.
Last week, 60-year-old Kenneth Allen pleaded guilty to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter and additional DUI charges.
The charges stem from a June 28th accident that claimed the life of a Marine.
25-year-old Nicholas Kursinskis was riding his motorcycle northbound on El Camino Real. He had the green light and was proceeding through the intersection at Mission Avenue. Witnesses say that Allen briefly stopped at the red light before turning in front of Kursinskis.
Kursinskis attempted to stop, but collided with the passenger side of Allen’s vehicle. He was transported to Scripps Memorial hospital where he died three days later. According to the medical examiner, Kursinskis was an active-duty Marine at the time of the crash.
Allen was arrested on suspicion of DUI with serious injuries and taken to the Vista Detention Facility.
Allen will have a sentencing hearing on October 30th at the Vista Courthouse. He faces 10 years in prison.
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