Sailor Sent To Prison For Fatal DUI Crash

Sailor Sent To Prison For Fatal DUI Crash

U-T San Diego reported that Earl Smith Jr., a Navy sailor, received DUI charges and will be imprisoned for 11 years after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter for a drunk, high-speed crash that killed an elderly Valley Center couple who were out for a walk in July. Smith, 21 years old, received the sentence this past Wednesday at Vista Superior Court in San Diego, California.

The elderly couple, Carl and Eunice Ackermann, were taking their daily walk when they were struck on Old Castle Road near Mauka Drive. The Ackermanns, retired teachers, died instantly with the impact of the crash. According to the news source, Smith had been DUI, looking at his cellphone’s GPS, and driving at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, when he hit the elderly couple. He was administered several field sobriety tests, which were able to determine that his blood alcohol content level was .12-slightly higher than the California’s legal limit of .08. Smith, who joined the military roughly about two years ago, will be imprisoned for DUI and manslaughter charges on December 18.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled California DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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