Ashley Bryan, 26, was driving drunk. No one, including her attorneys, disputes that fact. On April 2, 2011, her Honda Civic collided with a disabled Chevy Camaro, leading to the death of the Camaro's passenger, 18-year-old Cameron Cook. Two and a half hours after the accident, Bryan's blood alcohol content was 0.17 - more than twice the legal limit.
The jury answered the easy questions. They found her guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury and of driving with a BAC of 0.08 or more. Then again, her attorney conceded that she was driving drunk during the trial. The question that the jury couldn't answer, and which led to mistrial, was whether her conduct amounted to vehicular manslaughter, reports the Orange County Register.
The final tally, before the mistrial was declared, was 11-1 in favor of conviction.