Drunk Driving Gets 7 Years after Killing Bicyclist

Drunk Driving Gets 7 Years after Killing Bicyclist

A 31-year-old woman will spend three years behind bars after she struck a bicyclist and then struck a plea deal. She was sentenced for driving drunk and killing a bicyclist in University City in 2012. According to STL Today, the woman won’t be eligible for parole under after a year of prison time.


According to local officers, the intoxicated driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than three times the legal limit. She rear ended the bicyclist as he was heading home from work. The collision wound up taking his life.

Our St. Louis injury lawyers understand just a couple months after the accident, she was charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence as well as first-degree involuntary manslaughter. With the recent pleas deal, the driver was able to have one of the charges erased. She was also able to take the manslaughter charge from a Class B to a Class C felony. Instead of facing 5 to 15 years behind bars, she only faced up to 7.

In the state of Missouri, there were more than 300 people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents last year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 200 of these fatalities were involved in an accident with a driver who reported a BAC of more than .15. As you know, the legal BAC limit in Missouri is .08. Alcohol-related car accident fatalities accounted for close to 40 percent of all traffic accidents in the states of Missouri during that year.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, a first-time drunk driving conviction results in a 90-day driver’s license suspension. After 30 days of that suspension, the driver apply for a 60-day Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP). After 90 days, the driver is eligible for full reinstatement. If a driver is busted for driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04 of higher, he will have his driving privileges revoked for a year.

If you’re busted for drunk driving twice, regardless of the time frame, you’re looking at a driver’s license suspension of a year. If it happens within a 5-year time period, you can lose your driver’s license for 5 years.

If you push the envelope and you’re busted for driving under the influence in a 3 times, you can lose your license for 10 years. After that, you can only get your license back after petitioning the circuit court.

Aside from the legal headache, the fines, fees, revocation and all the rest of the mess that comes with a DUI conviction, it’s important to remember that there are much worse consequences — like a fatal accident. There is never a legitimate reason to hop behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. It’s just not worth the risk.

More Blog Entries:

Super Bowl Festivities Contribute to Spike in Drunk Driving Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, February 3, 2012

Fatal Springfield Car Accidents Common on Fourth of July, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, July 4, 2011

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