The woman responsible for an accident that claimed the life of a three year old girl last year has been sentenced to prison. The three year old girl killed in the accident was the daughter of the driver. The driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.
32-year-old Brandy Lee Teague was sentenced on Friday to 13 years and four months in prison for causing the accident that fatally injured her 3-year-old daughter.
Carlee Ramierez, the child who lost her life, was Teague’ daughter. Also in the vehicle at the time of the crash were two boys, aged 10 and 21 months. The younger boy still has trouble walking today.
Teague was found guilty back in March of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, three counts of child endangerment, DUI, and possession of methamphetamine.
Teague’s defense attorney requested that Teague be placed on probation, citing her lack of a previous criminal history. The judge, however, felt that the sentence was appropriate and that Teague would be a danger to others if allowed to remain free.
The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod said that the children were held captive in the car. She additionally said that the 10-year-old boy begged his mom repeatedly to pull over. Not only did she ignore his warnings, she placed addition burden on him by saying, “You keep mommy awake.”
The crash, which occurred on April 4, 2015, involved Teague slamming her Hyundai into a telephone pole. Following the crash, witnesses saw Teague take something from a pill bottle which could have been a liquid. At the time, Teague had been prescribed methadone, a pain reliever usually used in treating heroin addiction. Methamphetamine was also found in the car.
Teague has credit towards her sentence for more than a year in custody. She still must serve at least 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.
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