After a fatal drunk driving crash, a 31-year-old Connecticut man received a sentence of seven years' imprisonment and 500 hours of community service on July 23. Although the full sentence was originally 15 years in prison, a judge allowed the last eight years to be suspended and added five years of probation. The accused man was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter and DUI.
The fatal accident happened in Southington around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2012. At the time, the accused man had been driving his Audi the wrong way on westbound Interstate 84 from exit 29. Witnesses who noticed the Audi traveling in the wrong direction called 911 before the man crashed into a Ford driven by a 61-year-old woman. She was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where she died the next morning.