A woman from St. Peters, Missouri, passed out at the wheel of her car while high on heroin. While asleep, she crashed into another vehicle in a head-on-collision.
The other vehicle’s occupants were an elderly couple who were killed upon impact. On Feb. 20, 2015, Christine Marie Brown pled guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
She also pled guilty to charges related to her heroin use, including possession of a controlled substance and the use of drug paraphernalia.
Brown’s victims were 90-year-old Donald Gemienhart and 91-year-old Ruth Thimmig. The accident occurred in April of 2013 when Brown’s 2009 Honda crossed the center line in traffic to hit the couple’s 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.
The accident occurred on Willott Road near Crescent Hill. Police interviewed Brown at the scene and she revealed that she had driven to St. Louis to purchase heroin capsules.
The syringe with which she injected the heroin was found in her bra. During the trial, Brown revealed that she had been driving and injecting herself with heroin simultaneously. When the heroin high hit her, she promptly passed out.
She did not wake up until the impact of the accident jarred her awake. At the time of the accident, Brown was reported to have had a severe heroin habit.
She was injecting herself with more than $100 worth of heroin of every several days. Now that Brown has entered a guilty plea, she will be sentenced in April.
She rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors in the hope that the judge will have mercy and grant her a sentence less than the 14 years offered by the prosecution. At sentencing, Brown is facing a maximum of 37 years according to the Missouri Sentencing Guidelines.
This tragic accident could have been prevented. Drivers who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are irresponsible and reckless. They should be held responsible for their negligent actions while driving to the fullest extent of the law.
We send our deepest condolences to the Gemienhart and Thimming families. In our legal practice, we are devoted to ensuring that individuals and families who are wrongfully killed by negligent drivers get the justice that they deserve.
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