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Tulsa Woman Sentenced for Murder in Repeat DUI Case

Posted on May 2, 2014

What’s the only thing worse than getting behind the wheel drunk? Doing it again.

But that’s exactly what a local Tulsa woman did in February 2012 when she got into her Honda Accord, under the influence of intoxicants, with two young children. Her car struck another vehicle when she failed to stop for a driver who was in the process of a legal left turn at the time.

The other driver, a 60-year-old school teacher at Marquette Catholic School in Tulsa, was fatally injured in the accident.

This tragic event was not the first time the driver had gotten behind the wheel while she was under the influence of intoxicants. She had been previously convicted of a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in 2004, a fact that played a major role in her sentence, which was delivered April 21. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Her previous conviction made this second DUI charge a felony with a five year sentence handed down in March. However, the judge in the case dismissed it without conviction or sentence, citing a “merger” theory. This meant the DUI would instead become the groundwork felony murder charge of the second-degree.

She was also sentenced to four years in prison for child endangerment and 10 years for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The driver will serve 34 years before having eligibility for parole.

What can the victim’s family do in cases of fatal injury due to an intoxicated driver? While it’s impossible to get your loved one back, taking your case to the legal system with the help of a professional advocate in Oklahoma may be able to help you deal with any medical costs, loss of wages, or pain and suffering incurred as a result of the accident.

Source: 

tulsaworld.com, “Repeat DUI driver gets 40-year sentence in fatal crash,” Bill Braun, April 21, 2014

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