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Woman pleads guilty in fatal head-on collision DUI

According to reports, a Florida woman entered a guilty plea on Feb. 18 to two counts of DUI manslaughter for her actions in a fatal accident that occurred in November 2013.

The Florida Highway Patrol indicated in its original reports that the woman, who was 20 at the time, went for drinks at a Coral Springs bar with her co-workers from a T-Mobile store. Despite being underage, she was able to order and pay for two large fishbowl margaritas. Shortly after the woman left the bar, she allegedly tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" minutes before slamming head-on into another car.

Two 21-year-old women who were best friends were driving on the Sawgrass Expressway at the time. They were reportedly killed in the wrong-way fatal head-on collision. Upon investigation, authorities reportedly found that the woman's blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal driving limit. She was apparently seriously injured in the accident as well. She was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair for the entry of her plea. When the woman returns for sentencing, she faces up to 30 years in prison.

When a person is accused of drinking and driving, he or she may face significant penalties if convicted. If another person is seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by an allegedly drunk driver, the penalties may be much more severe and may include long terms of imprisonment. Those who are accused of drunk driving may want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to identify problems with any testing that was performed following a DUI stop. He or she may then be able to challenge purported blood alcohol concentration levels or the administration of roadside sobriety tests. People may also be able to secure a favorable plea that avoids incarceration.

Source: NBC Miami, "Driver Who Tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash," Feb. 18, 2015

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