A 45-year-old Florida woman was sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment on May 16 a year and a day after she was involved in a fatal drunk driving crash. The case attracted national attention when a mugshot taken just hours after the accident showed the woman smiling broadly. The woman's demeanor was very different during the sentencing hearing as she tearfully apologized to the family of the 60-year-old woman who was killed and asked the judge to show her leniency.

The accident took place at the intersection of Northwest 60th Avenue and U.S. Route 27 in Ocala. According to police, a Hyundai sedan was struck from the rear as it waited at a red light by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by the woman. The sedan was struck with such force that it was pushed into the back of a horse trailer. A female passenger in the Hyundai was badly hurt in the accident and succumbed to her injuries four days later at the Ocala Regional Medical Center.

The woman told officers at the scene that she did not see the stationary vehicles because she had bent down to pick up her phone. Officers say that they suspected intoxication may have played a role after detecting the smell of alcohol on the woman's breath and noticing that her eyes were glassy. Subsequent toxicology tests revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be 0.172%. This is more than double the legal driving limit in Florida.

Most drunk driving cases are resolved during plea negotiations. During these talks, experienced criminal defense attorneys may encourage prosecutors to show leniency by bringing up mitigating factors, such as genuine remorse. This is why lawyers could advise drivers who have been involved in drunk driving crashes to avoid behavior that could undermine these efforts.

Source: Inquisitr, Florida Woman, Whose Smiling Mugshot Went Viral, Cried In Court As She Was Sentenced To 11 Years For Fatal DUI, Nathan Francis, May 18, 2019

Source: The Ocala Star-Banner, DUI charge now manslaughter after woman's death, Austin L. Miller, May 15, 2018

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