Texas Man Convicted of Drunken Driving Death Receives Unusual Punishment

By: Zack Duvall

The Texas man responsible for the 2015 death of 34-year old Emily Javadi received his punishment from the judge over his case, with many lawyers and legal analysts familiar with specifics of drunken driving cases calling it “creative”.

Travis Elwell, 23, a resident of Mesquite, was sentenced this week to 120-days in county jail as well as being required to serve the anniversary week of Javadi’s death in jail, with the anniversary of her death itself being in solitary confinement for the next nine years.

Elwell was arrested and subsequently found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.175, twice the legal limit, after an alcohol influenced crash that claimed the life of Javadi. Court records show that Javadi was hit by Elwell when his BMW crashed into her Lexus as he was speeding through Dallas’ Cole Park, and she loaded personal items into the trunk of her car. Javadi was thrown into a nearby metal pole and died an hour after arriving at a local hospital.

Despite some who were calling for a more harsh sentence Emily’s father, Michael, expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“That was the only thing that was important to us, that there needs to be some sort of accountability fro the irresponsible actions that he took.” He told Dallas area reporters. The family explained that they had never intended on ever seeking long-term sentencing or a life sentence in the case.

“We’re not going to look at the negative, she was not a negative person.” Javadi’s mother, Karen, told reporters.

“I think it’s a really creative way to create more of a deterrent effect.” Nicole Knox, an attorney who has worked on similar cases, told Dallas reporters after the sentence was handed down.

The rest of the stipulations associated with Elwell’s sentence are more traditional. While on probation and under the supervision of court officials he is not allowed to consume alcohol and must attend regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He will also be required to speak at and participate in various drunken driving support groups and events.

Since Emily Javadi’s death her family has started the Emily Javadi Foundation. An organization founded in order to help people looking to achieve fitness or entrepreneurial goals do so.

A memorial service held for Emily at the Grand Theater in Dallas was attended by more than 1,000 friends and loved one s of the family and Emily.

To find out more about the family and their foundation, please check out http://www.emilyjavadifoundation.org.

 

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