There are only a few differences between a charge of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. That difference is acting with ordinary negligence and acting with “gross” negligence. The difference between the two is that in the latter charge, a person is aware that their actions may put other people at risk. The other difference is that the first charge is a “wobbler” which means that it can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony. The second charge is always a felony. Being convicted of a felony means time in state prison as well as the right to bear arms in the state of California. It will even prevent a person from being able to vote until their sentence, including parole term, is completed.
KTLA reports that a woman has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for a DUI crash that killed two of her passengers.
31-year-old Taisha Welch was sentenced Monday to 7 years in prison for a DUI crash that killed 2 of her passengers and injured three others.
The crash occurred in Beverly Hills last year on April 27.
Welch, a Los Angeles resident, was driving under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of her BMW X5. The SUV rolled over near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.
30-year-old Janetta Williams and 24-year-old Danesha Stewart were killed in the crash. Two passengers in the crash suffered from great bodily injury. A third passenger was also injured.
Days after the crash, Williams had pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, back in February this year, she changed her plea to no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and agreed to an allegation of multiple victims.