Yearly reminder part of unusual sentence in fatal car crash
Special to the review-journal
KINGMAN, Ariz. -- A woman who caused a fatal crash while driving drunk has to spend one week in jail on the anniversary of the wreck during each of the 10 years she is on probation.
The punishment will begin with a five-year, 10-month prison term.
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn imposed the sentence Friday as part of a "victim driven" plea agreement.
Jane Dugger, 44, of Golden Valley was convicted of manslaughter, aggravated assault and driving under the influence in the Dec. 8 crash on state Route 68 outside Bullhead City.
Prosecutor Lee Jantzen said tests revealed that Dugger's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit two hours after the wreck.
Jantzen said Dugger fell asleep and drove her pickup head-on into a pickup occupied by a Mesa couple. Edith Hatszegi, 60, was killed and her longtime companion, Paul Zebrowski, 61, was seriously injured in the collision.
Jantzen said Zebrowski and family members of the victims helped craft Dugger's punishment.
"They don't want her to spend the rest of her life in prison," Jantzen told the court. "But they do want her to think about this every December.