A drunk driver was all smiles after causing a three-car collision that left a 60-year-old Florida woman dead.
Angenette Marie Welk, 44, of Ocala, Fla. drove her 2011 Chevrolet Avalon into a Hyundai Elantra in front of her, forcing the sedan into the rear of a tractor-trailer on May 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, ClickOrlando.com reported.
The Elantra’s 18-year-old driver, Shiyanna Kroll, survived the crash, while her mother, 60-year-old Sandra Clarkson, who was in the passenger seat, died days after the accident, authorities said.
“I think it was a lot of pressure on (Clarkson on) the impact and that’s what cause it all to happen to her like that,” Kroll told ClickOrlando.com.
Kroll suffered minor injuries while the truck’s driver was unharmed.
Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office
Welk was arrested for DUI, DUI with property damage and DUI with great bodily harm—charges that were later upgraded to DUI manslaughter, according to the Ocala Star Banner.
Clarkson was visiting Marion County to celebrate one of her daughter’s graduations from college.
She had turned 60 days earlier, according to the Ocala Star Banner.
Welk’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when she failed a field sobriety test, records show.
Family members mourned Clarksons’ death.
“Our lives are changed forever,” daughter Keonna Sciacca said.
The crash left Clarkson paralyzed and brain-dead, family members said.
“It’s definitely wrecked out family forever, not just temporarily, this was a permanent thing that (Welk) did. (I’m) trying to cope with the fact I won’t see her walk again, she won’t be home when I get home from work or in the mornings when I get home from work,” Sciacca told ClickOrlando.com. “It’s destroyed us.”
Clarkson’s daughters were appalled by Welk’s distasteful mugshot.
“That disgusts me and that means she has no remorse for what she did at all and I hope that judge sees that picture and says the same thing,” Kroll told ClickOrlando.com.
Sciacca urged people not to drive while intoxicated.
“If you are out drinking, there is no reason not to put your keys down and Uber, Lyft. Thats all it takes to destroy a family is one bad decision,” she said.
Welk entered a plea of not guilty, court records show.
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