Woman gets jail in DWI fatal crash

June 1, 2009 5:51:32 PM PDT
A Raleigh woman learned her fate Monday for a crash that killed a man and his 10-year-old son.Authorities say 43-year-old Christine Meyers was drunk when she crossed the center line and slammed into a car driven by 34-year-old Ruben Medina of Raleigh.

Meyers was behind the wheel of a GMC Envoy. Medina was driving a smaller Honda Accord in the accident in April, 2008 along Buffaloe Road.

Medina died at the scene. His young son later died at the hospital. He was a third grader at Rolesville Elementary School. Medina's 4-year-old daughter and another man were also hurt in the head-on collision.

In court Monday, a judge sentenced Meyers to 13 years in prison - the minimum sentence.

Prosecutors read a letter from Medina's wife in court.

"I lost a beautiful son and a great husband," she wrote.

The prosecutor became emotional when he described bow Medina had to pick out a coffin for her young son. Meyer's also spoke - apologizing to the family.

"She can't hate me more than I hate myself for what happened. And I am sorry," she said.

Meyers told investigators she had taken a sleeping pill and drank three 16-ounce ice beers the afternoon of the wreck. She had been cited for DWI just five months earlier.

She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and DWI.


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