Driving while intoxicated and texting? Fatal combination.
Ask Danae Marie Miller of Newport Coast, CA.
The 23-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in state prison last week by Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robinson after Miller pleaded guilty last Tuesday to killing a bicyclist while under the influence, reports The Orange County Register.
Miller was charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for her role in the February 2011 crash. Due to her guilty plea, Miller spared herself the maximum sentence of ten years.
At the time of the crash, Miller had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10. She had allegedly been drinking at her workplace in Corona del Mar before climbing behind the wheel of her car.
The cyclist killed was 41-year-old Amine Britel of Newport Beach. Britel was a trialthlete and died at the scene of the crash. He was struck from behind as he was riding eastbound near Spyglass Road.
The court heard victim impact testimony, where family members of Britel talked about how the death had affected their lives.
Testimony was presented by Britel's mother, sister and colleagues.
This incident was not Miller's first incident while driving, although it was the most severe. She has received several citations in the past, some for speeding and two for using her cellular phone behind the wheel.
About Danae Miller, Britel's mother says that she hopes "this is going to be a lesson for her."