Man sentenced in death of nurse

Aleksey Glazunov

March 24, 2010 3:59:51 PM PDT
Alexey Glazunov, 25, walked into court a free man Wednesday. Less than two hours later, he was led away in handcuffs.

In between, he heard from 57-year-old Teresa Weintraub's family and friends, including her son.

"She was barely alive when a hero pulled her from the crushed car," said Kevin Weintraub "Her last and only words were her grandson's first name - AIden."

It was a rainy night in December when Glazunov - driving a car he had just bought - sped by a line of cars on Raleigh's Skycrest road.

When the two-lane narrowed to one, he tried to cut back into traffic and lost control, hitting Weintraub head-on and killing her.

Weintraub's family pleaded with the judge to throw the book at Glazunov.

"I ask you to consider carefully the driving record of the defendant leading up to the tragic death of my sister," said Ricky Bagley.

Glazunov had been cited 10 times for speeding and had been involved in two accidents before the crash that killed Weintraub, a nurse on her way to work at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Only one of her sons could muster the emotional strength to stand in front of the courtroom. And he, a U.S Marine, said it was extremely difficult.

"I've been to Iraq four times. I worked the morgue team at the Pentagon after 9/11. Sitting here in this courtroom with this man is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my entire life," said Kevin Weintraub.

Glazunov told the judge he wished he could trade places with his victim.

"I'm absolutely and immensely sorry about what happened because of my actions," he said.

Glazunov pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to between 13 and 16 months in prison. He will be allowed work release, which will allow him to start paying restitution to the victim's family before he gets out of jail.

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