Florida takes every DUI offense seriously, but the crime of DUI manslaughter is usually taken more seriously. DUI manslaughter is loosely defined as killing someone in an auto accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties include up to fifteen years in prison, up to fifteen years on probation, up to $10,000 in fines, permanent revocation of driver’s license, and completion of a DUI Substance Abuse Course, among other penalties. Florida law also requires that anyone convicted of or pleading guilty must serve a mandatory four years in prison.
The Miami Herald reports on a Florida woman who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter.
Mary Elizabeth Bailey pleaded guilty on Wednesday to DUI manslaughter and related charges.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on August 1, 2016. Bailey was driving a Toyota SUV on U.S. 1 near mile marker 15 when she crashed into a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
On the motorcycle was Roger Walden and his girlfriend, Ronalyn Sylvia, neither was wearing a helmet. The crash ejected both from the motorcycle. Sylvia died at the scene and Walden’s leg was crushed.
Bailey did not stop after striking the motorcycle, and kept on driving, sparks flying until she came to a stop outside Baby’s Coffee on Bay Point.
Bailey was located by law enforcement sitting outside of her car, crying. Her blood-alcohol level registered at 0.183, more than twice the legal limit. She told law enforcement she didn’t see the motorcycle until she struck the vehicle.
Bailey was sentenced to nine years in prison, but she will get credit for the three years she has already served waiting for the case to resolve.