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The tragedy of drunk driving has effected the lives of many people. These articles reflect on the many incidents of drunk driving and their effects on local communities. We encourage you to Submit articles which represent the effects of drunk driving on your community.

1000 Attend Funeral For Ashton Sweet Jun 7, 2011
Aston Sweet, a 14 year old cheerleader, was killed by a drunk driver with prior DUI convictions on May 29, 2011. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
Michigan's possible first texting while driving death May 14, 2011
(VIDEO) LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) -- (05/06/11) -- He got a 'guilty' plea from the man who caused a deadly accident last November in Lapeer County, but the prosecutor there still has concerns about what is believed to be the state's first texting while driving death. Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh is unhappy with the maximum penalty Jerry Joseph will face when he's sentenced later this month. Joseph ran a stop sign last November in Attica Township, killing 78-year-old Irene Paquin. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Distracted Driving: How Can We Stop The Deadly Epidemic? May 4, 2011
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In 2009, almost 5,500 people were killed and almost a half million were injured in accidents related to distracted driving. So what can we do to stop this deadly epidemic? Joel Feldman's daughter, Casey, was struck and by a distracted driver in July of 2009 in Ocean City, New Jersey. Now, Joel's making it his mission to share Casey's story with people everywhere. Joel sat down with WFMZ's Eve Tannery and Dr. Bob Barraco, a trauma surgeon at Lehigh Valley Hospital, to talk about the dangers...and the solutions. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Casey Feldman, 21, of Springfield, a senior at Fordham University and an award-winning student journalist, died July 17, 2009 after being hit as a pedestrian. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation created a video, "Casey Feldman: A Face of Distracted Driving." This video, which features network site members Dianne Anderson, Brooke Burdge, Kelsey Butler, Katie Feeney, Janine Repka, and Melissa Zirolli, has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of their "Faces of Distracted Driving" campaign. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Football Team Honors Fallen SAPD Officer May 2, 2011
The Raiders, who played their inaugural game Saturday afternoon, made the presentation at halftime, and also wore Officer Brown's badge number on the backs of their helmets. "We're very honored, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness," said Officer Brown's mother Shawn Brown. "We just feel blessed that people are so kind during this difficult time for us." Officer Brown died last month, after her car was hit by a wrong-way driver on I-35. Police Chief William McManus revealed shortly after the crash that the wrong-way driver had consumed 16 beers that night. Brown's father, Stanley Brown, who is also a police officer, said he hopes his daughter's death galvanizes the community against drunk driving. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
DUI crash kills one, injures 10-year-old May 2, 2011
A 34-year-old man was arrested on vehicular manslaughter charges early Sunday morning after allegedly crashing into another car while driving under the influence, killing its driver and injuring a 10-year-old passenger, police said. The crash took place at 6:11 a.m. at the intersection of South H Street and Wilson Road. Police said Curtis Peery, 34 of Bakersfield, was driving on a suspended or revoked license northbound on South H when he broadsided a maroon Toyota Camry going westbound on Wilson Road. The driver of the Toyota, Oscar Cecilio Rodas, 58 of Bakersfield, suffered major injuries and later died at Kern Medical Center. A 10-year-old boy in the Toyota suffered minor injuries and was also taken to KMC for treatment. Peery suffered moderate injuries, police said. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
5 dead; many lives ruined May 2, 2011
Stephen Scharosch doesn't remember the crash itself, the night he downed eight or nine shots of bourbon, chased them with beer and drove his Ford Mustang the wrong way on Interstate 80, smashing into a minivan carrying a family home to Utah. Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Greco said he tries to remain emotionally detached in all of his cases but found it difficult to do so on this one. "The father of three of the four deceased children, Fernando Meza, repeatedly told me that Mr. Scharosch 'murdered' him. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Man sent to prison in deadly Nebraska drunk driving crash Apr 19, 2011
OMAHA -- A man who pleaded guilty in a deadly crash that killed a former Lincoln woman was sentenced Monday in Douglas County District Court to 10 to 14 years in prison. Aaron Danoff, 19, of Omaha, was accused of running a red light and hitting a car, killing 26-year-old Jessica Bedient and seriously injuring her husband, Tony, in October. Authorities believe Danoff was drunk at the time of the accident. Bedient, a newlywed at the time of her death, lived in Omaha and was a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked for the University of Nebraska Foundation. She was originally from Ashland. Tony Bedient, originally from York, is an assistant coach for the Nebraska men's golf team. Jessica Bedient is originally from Ashland. (Every 15 Minutes News and Media)
Less than a 3 percent chance of survival Apr 17, 2011
A 15-year-old Saucon Valley High School student remains hospitalized a week after a car crash that severed her aorta in two places, her mother said this morning. Amanda Illingworth is still in the cardiac unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but has made major improvements, including the ability to talk and walk, Judy Illingworth said. Amanda was the passenger in the serious car crash that happened March 10 on Polk Valley Road in Lower Saucon Township, not far from Saucon Valley High School. Township police say the crash happened after the 17-year-old driver received a text message. He told police Amanda grabbed the wheel and told him she would steer while he attended to the phone. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Seth Hayden Beaver 's Death Apr 17, 2011
VIDEO - RIEGELWOOD, NC (WECT) - A 17-year-old boy was killed Sunday in a traffic accident while heading out to watch the Carolina basketball game with a friend. Seth Hayden Beaver had attended Bethel Baptist Church in Riegelwood earlier in the day, where his father Brian Beaver is the preacher. "[Seth] was our musician, played acoustic guitar for the church, helped with sound, the prayer warrior," explained his mother, Veronica Beaver. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Man who died while texting, drunk, responsible for death: coroner Apr 7, 2011
A man who was killed while driving intoxicated and sending text messages is responsible for his own death, according to a coroner’s report. On Aug. 11, 2010, Pier-Luc Morin, 20, lost control of his car on Route 341 in Rawdon, Que., 45 minutes north of Montreal. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Teen DUI Crash Victim's Mother Makes Emotional Plea Apr 6, 2011
VIDEO (MUST SEE)- SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The mother of a 16-year-old San Jose girl killed in a DUI car crash over the weekend wept at a Monday vigil as she pleaded with Santa Teresa High School students not to drink and drive. Highway patrol officers said Jordan Michelle West was killed Sunday morning near Highway 101 and Blossom Hill Road. Investigators said they found open bottles of brandy and vodka in the wreckage. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
students get the message: deadly combination. Apr 5, 2011
Students get the message: texting or talking on cell phone, drinking,and driving are a deadly combination. For these students, Friday was also the last day of their Every 15 Minutes program. This is a compelling exercise where every 15 minutes students experience the loss of one of their classmates to a drunk driving crash. When this intense simulation program was founded, the name was meant to reflect a statistic that one person was killed in an alcohol-related vehicle crash in the United States every 15 minutes. Since then, Every 15 Minutes has added texting and driving to the mix of deadly behaviors in their dramatic simulations.
TODAY - Highlights Every 15 Minutes Program Apr 5, 2011
VIDEO LINK: TODAY - April 5, 2011. Hosted by: NBC's Today Host Meredith Louise Vieira and NBC News Correspondent Tom Costello. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Texting while driving death Apr 3, 2011
LAPEER, MI -- A 41-year-old man is facing a charge of causing death while texting and driving in what the Lapeer County prosecutor's office believes is the first case of its kind in Michigan. Jerry Joseph is accused of causing a crash that killed 78-year-old Irene Paquin of Attica Township on November 30. Authorities say Joseph, of Lapeer, ran a stop sign and broadsided a vehicle driven by Paquin's husband. State Police Lt. Patrick McGreevy tells The Flint Journal, "Texting was a contributing factor to the person failing to stop at the stop sign." (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Farmington Hills driver gets 15 years in fatal crash Mar 28, 2011
When Shelby Gunn was a little girl, her dad gave her a nickname, “Sassafras,” that seemed to capture her personality: bubbly, positive with an infectious laugh and a sense of adventure. Aug. 15, Robert Bojaj took all of that away from her, away from her family, when he crashed his Lexus into the Dodge Intrepid being driven by Gunn, a Westland resident, on northbound I-275 near Koppernick in Canton, killing Gunn and devastating a family. Bojaj was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder and operating a vehicle under the influence causing death. On Thursday, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Allen sentenced Bojaj, a 28-year-old Farmington Hills resident, to 15-25 years in prison on the murder charge, and 10-15 years on the OUIL charge. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Man pleads guilty in fatal Wilmette crash Mar 28, 2011
A young man from Chicago was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday, one week after pleading guilty in a fatal drunk-driving crash last June in Wilmette. Szymon Zawadzki, 20, of 5135 W. Addison St., Unit 2, entered a guilty plea to aggravated driving under the influence involving a personal injury traffic crash in Cook County 2nd District Circuit Court, Skokie, according to a news release from Wilmette police Cmdr. Patrick Collins. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Brother of man convicted in fatal DWI crash speaks out Mar 28, 2011
VIDEO LINK: The brother of the man getting a new trial for a drunk driving crash that killed 5 of his passengers, is speaking out. He says his brother Mario Trujillo has served his time. KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with the family of the victims on Thursday night about their fear of Trujillo being released from jail Friday. Trujillo is still behind bars, but his brother Tim says it won't be for much longer. Tim Trujillo says his brother deserves to be let out of prison, that he has a big heart and no one has suffered as much as he has. Other family members like Dorothy Baca, who lost two members of her family in the crash, say it's not enough. She tells KOB, "There's no way I can pick up the phone and call her." (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Witness to crash that killed 3 teens Mar 28, 2011
It's a scene Erika Koistinen will never forget. Koistinen, 20, was enrolled in College Boreal's paramedic program when she saw a drunk driver strike and kill Jazmine Houle, Caitlin Jelley and Steven Philippe as the teens were walking home in Valley East. The three were killed as they walked along the shoulder of Municipal Road 80 just about 12:30 a.m. on June 21, 2009 -- Father's Day. Despite Koistinen's efforts to save them, the teen died. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Teen charged with texting while driving in fatal crash Mar 28, 2011
HAVERHILL — A teenager whose car collided head-on with another vehicle, killing a 55-year-old man, has been charged with texting while driving. Aaron Deveau, 17, of Haverhill was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu that crossed the center line and struck a 1992 Toyota Corolla operated by Donald Bowley Jr. on River Street near Cliffe Avenue, police said. The crash happened Feb. 20 around 2:30 p.m.(News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Manslaughter cases still awaiting trials Mar 28, 2011
The families of six East Texans who lost their lives at the hands of alleged drunk drivers are waiting for justice in their cases. While not commenting directly on the pending cases, Angelina County prosecutor Art Bauereiss said families of intoxication manslaughter victims go through a range of emotions and have a range of opinions on punishment. On Feb. 9, Nicholas Zayne Anthony, died in the accident at U.S. Highway 69 north and FM 843. Anthony’s alleged drunk driver, Isaac Tucker, 19, of Pollok, crossed the center line heading south and collided with a Kenworth truck towing a trailer. Tucker and his other passenger, Ryan Walton, 19, also of Pollok, were taken to separate out-of-town hospitals.
DUI: The $10,000 ride home Mar 23, 2011
Everybody knows driving drunk is wrong and stupid, but it's also increasingly expensive. Calculating the costs could be enough to sober some people up. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Senators Ask Apple to Pull Checkpoint-Dodging Apps Mar 23, 2011
Smartphone applications that share information about police D.U.I. checkpoints and speed traps may be a boon for drivers hoping to avoid tickets (or worse), but a group of U.S. senators says they're nothing but a public safety hazard. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
CHP 'Border to Border' program increases DUI enforcement Mar 23, 2011
SACRAMENTO – A federal grant is assisting the California Highway Patrol with the push to reduce driving under the influence on state highways. California continues to record a drop in the number of deaths related to driving under the influence (DUI). While the news is encouraging, it is important to remember the factors that contributed to the decrease, among them, enforcement. “Law enforcement throughout the state continues to do their part by removing impaired drivers from the roadway,” said California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With renewed grant funding we can continue to turn up the heat on drunk drivers before they kill or injure innocent people.” (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Four children injured after suspended driver allegedly crashes into th Mar 23, 2011
Four teens in Kamloops were seriously injured when a 41-year-old Merritt man — who was banned from driving and consuming alcohol — allegedly smashed into a group of teenagers while driving drunk. RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said witnesses saw a 1992 Jeep Cherokee driving erratically at high speed in the 2100-block Parkcrest Avenue before it ran into a group of six youths, aged 12 to 14, at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. “It’s a miracle that we don’t have four dead bodies or more when you have a vehicle of that size travelling at the speeds witnesses have reported,” Learned said. Resident Dianne Pyrke said the Cherokee’s screeching tires prompted her to look out a window, where she saw the SUV driving east and swerving in and out of traffic. “It was sheer stupidity,” she said. “They peeled out and lost control and ran right into the group of kids.” (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
What are you doing to stop a friend from drinking and driving? Mar 23, 2011
VIDEO Part 1: What would you do if you saw a drunk teen getting behind the wheel? (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Defendant in 2009 fatal accident sentenced to probation Mar 23, 2011
The last of four defendants involved in a fatal accident on Toronto Road in 2009 pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors Monday and was sentenced to probation. Timothy Dunbar, 43, admitted driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced to two years’ probation with several conditions by Macon County Circuit Judge Katherine McCarthy. Dunbar was driving the first in a line of three pickup trucks that were traveling west on Toronto Road near Cotton Hill Road about 2 a.m. Aug. 25, 2009. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
sentenced to 50 years in state prison for a drunk-driving accident Jan 25, 2011
James Edward Pearson, 53, appeared Thursday before 357th state District Judge Leonel Alejandro, who sentenced him to prison in the deaths of Yamily Mendoza, 20, and Yanely Mendoza, 16. A Cameron County jury last month had found him guilty of two counts of intoxication manslaughter. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Waupaca County man sentenced to 23 years for hit-and-run death Jan 25, 2011
WAUPACA COUNTY (WAOW)--Friday afternoon, a judge sentenced Rory Kuenzi to 23 year in prison for a 6-year-old hit-and-run drunk driving crash. In November a jury found Kuenzi guilty of driving drunk and hitting and killing 20-year-old Kevin McCoy. It happened outside of Waupaca in 2004. Kuenzi will be eligible for release when he's 49 years old. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Dad Sentenced For Crash That Killed Son Jan 25, 2011
BEND, OR -- An Oregon man will serve prison time for his part in the death of his son last summer. When Jeffrey Wade's car slammed into a tree south of Cave Junction, his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at 0.17. The August crash killed his 6-year-old son, Larry. A Grants Pass judge has now sentenced the 31-year-old to six years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drunk driving. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
NY man sentenced in crash that killed cop Jan 25, 2011
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A New York man who admitted driving drunk in a 2009 crash that killed a Suffolk County police officer has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. Jose Borbon is already serving a one-year term in an unrelated DWI case. He pleaded guilty in November to vehicular manslaughter, aggravated DWI and other charges in the death of the police officer. He also admitted he was talking on a cell phone at the time. Prosecutors say Borbon's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he collided with Police Officer Glen Ciano (See-AH'-noh) at a Commack (KOH'-mak) intersection. Ciano was killed when his vehicle smashed into a utility pole and exploded. Several dozen police officers attended the sentencing in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Nacogdoches woman charged with driving drunk in fatality Jan 25, 2011
RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches woman has been charged in the July 2010 death of a man in what authorities say was an intoxicated driving incident. Jennifer Sue Hibbard, 37, is charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony. According to a probable cause affidavit, Hibbard was driving on U.S. 64 in Rusk County when she crossed the center line and hit another vehicle, killing Juan Carlos Guiterrez-Leon. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Man charged with DWI in fatal downtown wreck Jan 25, 2011
A suspected drunk driver who allegedly ran a red light has been accused in the death of a passenger in his car during a traffic crash last weekend near downtown. Jason Deran McCoy, 28, is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the wreck that occurred at 1300 Dowling at Polk about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. Police said Deyland Braxton, 27, was killed in the wreck. Braxton was critically injured and was rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Jury Selection Begins In Teen Texting Homicide Case Jan 25, 2011
KALISPELL, Mont. -- Jury selection begins tomorrow in the trial of a teen accused of intentionally driving her vehicle into oncoming traffic and killing two people. Justine Winter is 17 and will be tried as an adult after an attempt to have it tried in juvenile court. A judge also denied attempts to relocated the trial due to perceived bias. Winter could face life in prison for the deaths of Erin Thompson, who was pregnant, and her son Caden Odell. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Woman Falls in Fountain While Texting: Don’t TEXT AND WALK Jan 25, 2011
As a new mother, a few things come to mind when I watch the funny “woman falls in fountain while texting” video. If anything good could possibly come out of "Fountain Lady" Cathy Cruz Marrero. That's what Jessica Freche, a freshman songwriting major at Belmont University, decided to do. Her Fountain Lady remix -- thankfully not another auto-tune joint -- is built around Marrero's interviews. (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
Breath of air blows in with DUI cases Jan 25, 2011
With two ignition interlock breathalyzers installed so far on Maui, officials hope a new law requiring the devices for people caught driving drunk will reinforce a message that police and others have been repeating. "We've been saying all along 'if you drink, don't drive,' '' said Bob Lung, law enforcement liaison for the state Department of Transportation. "Now, we're up on the next level. If you drink, you won't be able to drive because of this instrument." (Every 15 Minutes News & Media)
2010 a safer year for young Ohio drivers, according to ODOT Dec 18, 2010
KETTERING — Students at Fairmont High School in Kettering credit training at private driving schools and the influence of their parents for their safe driving skills. “My mom told me one or two (passengers) at time,” said Austin Grice, 16, a sophomore who got his learner’s permit in July. “Everyone has to wear their seatbelts. The music can’t be too loud,” he said. (Every 15 Minutes Program News and Media)
LAW: Banning text messaging while driving Dec 18, 2010
House 154-1, Senate 37-0, approved and Gov. Patrick signed into law a bill banning text messaging while driving and imposing a $100 fine for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third violation. The measure also prohibits drivers under 18 from using any type of cell phone or mobile electronic device. (Every 15 Minutes Program News and Media)
Police Pull Over Nearly 7,800 For Cell Phone Law Violations Dec 18, 2010
Since two new laws went into effect banning talking on cell phones while driving through construction and school zones, and texting while driving, the Illinois State Police has pulled over nearly 7,800 motorists for violating the two laws. (Every 15 Minutes Program News and Media)
Keep your teen safe behind the wheel Nov 5, 2010
If you're the parent of a teenage driver, it can be a bit nervewracking! The best way to keep your nerves in check is to establish and enforce the rules of the road. Studies have shown that parents who initially limit their teens driving privileges have fewer traffic tickets and accidents than teens whose parents don't apply restrictions. (News & Media Every 15 Minutes Program)
Killer student 'lacks remorse' Oct 28, 2010
Australian student Kelsey Lord Michael Mudd was sentenced yesterday to four years and three months in jail for causing the death of a taxi driver - with the judge criticizing him for showing no remorse. A jury convicted Hong Kong-born Mudd, 23, of the manslaughter of Wong Chi-ming, 58, by a five to two majority in the Court of First Instance on Wednesday.
Drivers over twice the limit should undergo treatment Oct 28, 2010
A third of the 35,000 drunk drivers caught every year were more than two times over the legal limit, AA motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon told a select committee today. "If you turn up on the road at ... twice our current limit, you are waving your hand in the air and saying 'I have a problem with alcohol'. At the moment we are not assessing those drivers." (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
Driver in fatal crash was drunk, says expert Oct 28, 2010
Crown attorney Diane McGrath called Josette Hackett, a forensic alcohol specialist, as an expert witness in Baddeck provincial court Wednesday. Eric Davoe MacDougall, 20, is facing charges including impaired driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death and driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit causing death in connection with a single-vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 6, 2008, in St. Anns, Victoria County. Emily Grace Cardwell, 26, of Baddeck was a passenger in the back seat of the car. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, dying as a result of her injuries in a Halifax hospital six days later. She was only in the car for a short time before the crash, having been picked up after her own car broke down. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
'Idiot': What 12-year-old girl said seconds before she was killed by 1 Oct 28, 2010
A 12-year-old girl who saw a car hurtling towards her mother's vehicle at 106mph called its driver an 'idiot' moments before it smashed into them, a coroner heard. Samantha Arnold was travelling with her mother Sarah and sister when David Stannett drove into their Chrysler Voyager people carrier in a 50mph zone. The 26-year-old, who was later found to be four times over the drink-drive limit, died in the crash which also killed his drunk father Michael. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
Getting the Real Monsters Off Our Roads Oct 28, 2010
BALTIMORE, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year because of impaired drivers. Nationally, drunk driving deaths are down. But that just shows that increased vigilance works, and not that people should relax, said Dr. Beth Baker, Administrator for NHTSA's Region 3. "Halloween weekend lends itself to parties, and if impaired drivers take the party on the road, it can turn scarier than any horror show." In 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is the legal threshold for impaired drivers in most states. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
Driver In Fatal Ypsilanti Crash Charged Oct 28, 2010
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with a six-car pileup that killed a mother and injured her two children. Police said Bradley Wayne Howard was driving a yellow Ford Mustang when he ran a red light, going between 70 and 80 miles per hour, and slammed into a Ford Taurus. Riding in the Taurus was 32-year-old Stephanie Holder Stone from Canton Township with her son, 13, and daughter, 11. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)
6 Cars Involved In Crash; 13-Year-Old Boy In Critical Condition. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media) RAW VIDEO FOLLOWING CRASH
Cries for father haunting Mother Oct 28, 2010
There were tears from the public gallery and the dock as a Whangarei woman was sentenced for killing father-of-two Sheridan Snowden by driving over him while drunk behind the wheel. Zoey Rawinia Wineera, 23, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentence after earlier pleading guilty to careless use of a motor vehicle causing death and drunk driving causing death. She was also found guilty on a charge of without reasonable excuse failed to ascertain injury after she ran over Mr Snowden, 29, on Old Russell Rd, near Mokau, on October 11 last year. Judge Thomas Everitt sentenced Wineera to 18 months' jail, reduced it to 12 months' for her early guilty pleas and other mitigating factors, then converted it to home detention, saying under the circumstances of the unusual case it was an appropriate sentence. (Every 15 Minutes Program News & Media)

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