Woman Indicted For DUI Car Crash That Split Vehicle In Two
In the state of New York, there have been drunk driving laws on the books since 1910. Despite a history of over 100 years, the state is still struggling against DUI-related injuries and fatalities. Despite the fact that alcohol is a factor in 1/3 of all the crashes, it has one of the lowest arrest rates in proportion to its population. According to the New York DMV, in 2013, there were 8,368 reported alcohol-related crashes. Of those, 358 were fatal. 4,248 crashes ended with non-fatal personal injuries. 943 of those injuries were considered to be serious and 1,125 were considered to be moderate injuries. 2,008 injuries were considered to be minor.
NBC New York reports that a woman has been indicted in a deadly Westchester crash that split the victim’s car in two.
Kristen Lynn, of Yonkers, was indicted in an alleged DUI-related crash that occurred on the Saw Mill River Parkway on July 21st.
Lynn was driving a Lexus southbound on the highway in Hastings-on-Hudson shortly after midnight. She allegedly slammed into the rear of 28-year-old Danielle Gore-Johnson’s Honda. The collision forced the Honda off of the roadway, where it spun sideways, hitting a tree. The vehicle then split in half.
Gore-Johnson was killed in the accident.
The indictment alleges that Lynn’s blood-alcohol level was “well above the legal limit.” After hitting the Honda, Lynn’s vehicle started skipping and spinning before it flipped over. It slid for a few hundred feet before coming to a rest on the shoulder. Lynn was ejected from the vehicle and brought to the hospital semi-conscious but alive. She suffered from serious injuries that required surgery.
A grand jury returned an indictment against Lynn on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. All are felonies. She has also been charged with reckless driving and speeding.
She was released on a $420,000 bond after her arraignment. She is due back in court later this month.