Friday, May 6, 2011

Alcohol-induced tragedy

I remember when this happened and the passenger was mistakenly left for dead inside the vehicle this young woman drove.

Another woman is on the hook for the intoxication manslaughter; the driver of the vehicle who crossed over the center lane and struck this woman's car head-on.

A tragedy for all concerned, no?

Woman guilty in DWI crash another caused
Passenger initially was left for dead by paramedics
By Craig Kaplan - Express-News

Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday in the misdemeanor trial of a San Antonio driver involved in a drunken driving wreck four years ago in which her passenger was left for dead by paramedics.

Jurors deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before finding Sabrina Shaner guilty of driving while intoxicated. County Court-at-Law No. 8 Judge Liza Rodriguez sentenced Shaner to six months' probation. Prosecutors had also suggested probation, albeit a longer term.

“Obviously, there is no punishment the court can assess greater than what you will have to live with for the rest of your life,” Rodriguez said as Shaner, a nurse, quietly wept at the defense table.