In January 2018, a 49-year-old woman driving a 2013 Cadillac crashed into 2005 Chevrolet in Glasgow, Kentucky, which is located a little over two hours away from Lexington. The crash caused the death of a 24-year-old woman.
On Nov. 18, 2019, the woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and second-degree manslaughter. The woman was originally charged with murder, but the plea deal saw the charge reduced. The sentence, however, is the maximum allowed for the manslaughter charge.
According to authorities, the woman had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .26%, more than three times the legal limit. The BAC, according to a toxicology report from the Kentucky State Police, was from several hours after the crash.
The judge hearing the case said that while he did believe the woman was remorseful about the accident and her role in it, he did “not feel [he] would be doing [his] job … if [he] thought (probation) was a sufficient punitive outcome for a case where somebody has lost their life.” The defendant’s attorney had tried to argue that she deserved probation because she had no criminal history and was remorseful.
According to a report from Nov. 21 on radio station 1150 am, the woman also faces a civil lawsuit, as does the Glasgow Golf & Country Club. Negligence is alleged against both defendants.
When someone loses their life or is seriously injured due to the actions or inaction of another person, a civil lawsuit can help hold the at-fault party responsible. Damages may include funeral expenses, loss of wages, loss of consortium, medical expenses and much more. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options in such a case.