Kelly Ann Hudson pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in the car accident that killed Joyce Parsons, 81, of Kirkland and critically injured Arthur Kamm.
The fatal car accident occurred in August of 2012 when Hudson, was driving her minivan south on Juanita Drive Northeast, crossed the centerline near NE 120th Street and struck a small car driven by Kamm head-on.
It was determined that Hudson was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when the car accident occurred.
Hudson will be sentenced on November 22 and faces between 8-1/2 years and a little more than 11 years in prison under stricter Washington state sentencing guidelines that went into effect June 2012. The prosecutor is recommending that Hudson receive the higher end of the sentencing range.
Vehicular homicide can be charged if a person is killed in an auto accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.
Women and DUI’s — An increasing problem
More and more women have been getting arrested for driving under the influence. In fact, a recently published study revealed that between 1998-2007 there was an increase of 28.8% in the number of females arrested for DUI.
Female DUI offenders are different than for male DUI drivers. The study found that the arrested women were 75% likely to also be taking a prescription medicine for mental issues. A trauma such as a death in the family, a relationship break up or losing a job often occurred prior to the DUI arrest. Female DUI profiles were generally in one of the following categories:
- Women who were drinking to fit in – often young women use alcohol as a social lubricant.
- Women who were recently married with a newborn can sometimes use alcohol to combat the stress and loneliness of child rearing.
- Women who were empty nesters or divorced
Just 10 days ago, Seattle’s King5 TV reported a story about a woman who was arrested for DUI twice in the same day. Laura Kelsch, 58, was arrested after she crashed her vehicle into a Black Diamond gift store. Kelsch was found to be three times the legal limit. Because of crowded jails, police impounded Kelsch’s car and took her home. A few hours later she was arrested again, still intoxicated and driving her husband’s truck.
Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. The reason is that women have less body water than men of a similar weight and they metabolize alcohol differently. Female hormones may also intensify alcohol’s effect on women.
Female drunk drivers in the news
News headlines regarding women and DUI-related car accidents are so sad, especially when children are involved. Some very recent headlines:
Colorado – Woman driving car in head-on, wrong way crash has DUI record Woman charged with DUI in crash at Naperville gym Woman arrested for DUI after crash injures 2-year-old toddler Woman charged with DUI causing injury after multi-car accident Woman driving with 4 kids in car faces DUI charges Utah woman with drug, booze history faces DUI in auto-ped accident
Hopefully, more woman will read stories like these and refrain from drinking and driving.
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