UPDATE: Sandra Hofstadler has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to DUI when she struck and seriously injured three pedestrians, all family members as they crossed the street, reports UPI.com.
Circuit Judge Les L. Lilley made the decision, giving Hofstadler the maximum under DUI law. She pleaded guilty to maiming under the influence, DUI second offense in five-10 years, and failing to stop at a school bus. Hofstadler also received an extra 10 days for reckless driving, fined $6,000 and had her license revoked permanently.
The accident occurred on January 19th, 2012, when Hofstadler, high on cocaine at the time, failed to stop at a school bus with its stop sign protruding and lights flashing, and collided with David Yancy Sr, his daughter, seven-year old Samyiah Yancy, his son, five-year-old David Yancy Jr., and his niece, seven-year-old Neyahni Boyd.
David Yancy Sr. eventually had a rod put in his leg, while his son underwent multiple surgeries for traumatic brain injury. Samyiah Yancy suffered minor injuries, while Boyd had her leg broken.
Before the accident, Hofstadler had been convicted of credit card larceny, possession of cocaine, driving while intoxicated, forgery, and fraud.
Virginia Beach, VA – June 4 – A local woman was indicted on three counts of DUI-maiming Monday after crashing her truck into a family in January.
According to official reports by WAVY.com, the incident occurred around 7:40 a.m. on January 19 when Sandra Hofstadler, 43, drove her pickup truck onto a front lawn and hit four people.
Police said the accident resulted when Hofstadler attempted to avoid a parked school bus that had its lights on and stop sign out.
Hofstadler ended up hitting a father and three young children who were walking down the driveway at the time.
In addition to the three charges of DUI-maiming, Hofstadler has also been charged with DUI 2nd offense and reckless driving.
She is scheduled for trial on all five charges on June 28 and can face up to 17 years in prison if convicted.
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