When motorists are charged with DWIs, the resulting consequences can be particularly severe if the the deaths of other individuals are involved. Recently, an Austin woman with a history of driving under the influence of alcohol was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a 2014 DWI crash that killed two people. The driver on trial in this case ultimately pled guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter arising from the deaths of two individuals. In the incident in question, the motorist was driving northbound when her vehicle collided with a vehicle that was traveling eastbound. The passenger in the car traveling east died at the scene of the accident, while the driver ultimately died at a local hospital. When the motor vehicle collision occurred, the intoxicated motorist reportedly expressed concern to law enforcement about three eight-ounce glasses of wine that she had consumed the night before the collision. Law enforcement further observed both a strong odor of alcohol on the intoxicated driver’s breath and saw that the woman’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The official sentencing in this case is scheduled for January 13, 2017.
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