A seven-year prison sentence was imposed recently on a 26-year-old woman who apparently drove drunk and initially did not even realize that she had run over and killed her boyfriend. The car accident occurred in June of last year, about one month before what would have been her boyfriend’s 21st birthday.
At the time of his death, the boyfriend had a job in a restaurant and was planning to return to college in the fall of 2011, with the ambition of qualifying to teach English. The tragic accident occurred after he and his girlfriend had been drinking for hours at a bar. He was on a motorcycle in front of her SUV when she hit his vehicle and ran over him. Prosecutors say that she continued driving for approximately two blocks before coming to the realization that he was no longer in front of her and that something was wrong.
When her blood alcohol level was measured after the accident, it registered .243, about three times the legal limit for driving.
The motorist pleaded no contest to a charge of DUI manslaughter. In addition to the prison sentence, the court imposed a term of probation to last an additional eight years. The woman was also ordered to carry out community service, and lead discussions for school children about the hazards of drinking and driving. In addition, the court informed her that her driving privileges were gone forever.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Woman who ran over boyfriend gets 7 years in DUI manslaughter case,” Susan Jacobsen, May 19, 2012