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New York woman pleads guilty in fatal drunk driving case

A 43-year-old New York woman faces up to 25 years in prison after entering guilty pleas to a raft of criminal charges connected to an October 2016 drunk driving accident in Westchester County that claimed the life of an elderly couple. The woman is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 1 on three counts of vehicular homicide, two manslaughter counts and an aggravated drunk driving charge.

Media outlets reported in the days following the Oct. 28 motor vehicle accident that the woman spent four hours drinking at a Hartsdale bar and restaurant after dropping her children off at school, and subsequent toxicology tests are said to have revealed her blood alcohol level to be between .25 and .29 percent. These readings are far in excess of the .08 percent legal driving limit in New York.

Police say that the woman was speeding and having difficulty maintaining a single lane on West Hartsdale Road in Greenburgh before her Chrysler minivan crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Lexus sedan. The 82-year-old man behind the wheel of the Lexus and his 81-year-old wife were pronounced dead after being transported by ambulance to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Police say that they discovered the woman unconscious and slumped over the wheel of her vehicle when they arrived at the scene.

Road users who are injured in car accidents caused by negligent behavior, and the dependent family members of those killed, may pursue civil remedies, but this may appear to be a fruitless endeavor when the reckless drivers responsible are deceased or face decades behind bars. In situations such as these, experienced personal injury attorneys may advocate on behalf of accident victims by initiating litigation against the negligent motorist's estate or auto insurance company.

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