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Florida mother gets 10 years for fatal DUI crash

A Florida woman will spend a decade in prison as part of a plea agreement relating to her role in a crash that killed her 14-year-old daughter last year. The fatal car accident happened after the woman, who had three other children in her car as well, allegedly drove after drinking Crown Royal. Her blood-alcohol was found to be at least three times the legal limit after the crash.

The woman apparently crashed her vehicle off of Overland Road in April 2011, causing it to overturn. She and her 14-year-old daughter were ejected from the vehicle, and her daughter did not survive. Her other children, ages 16, 11 and 10, respectively, sustained minor injuries. The woman was hospitalized for several days after the accident.

Her blood-alcohol level was found to be .24 after the crash — about three times the legal limit. One test indicated it might have been as high as .30. Afterwards, she admitted to drinking “Crown Royal and coke” and was “belligerent” in her interview with officers.

As part of the plea deal, the woman will also serve four years’ probation after her jail term is completed. According to media reports, she almost refused the plea deal offered because of certain financial obligations. However, after it was noted that she would spend 30 years in prison if convicted, she agreed to the deal.

The 33-year-old woman pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child. She was then taken into custody.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Mom gets 10 years for DUI crash that killed daughter, 14,” Jeff Weiner, June 14, 2012

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