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Lyman woman receives 15-year prison sentence for fatal DUI wreck

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Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Viola Lynn Jackson, 59, died as a result of injuries sustained in the Jan. 20, 2017 wreck.
 
 

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Viola Lynn Jackson, 59, died as a result of injuries sustained in the Jan. 20, 2017 wreck.

 

 



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Lauren C. Smith, 32, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with a death and felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury.
 

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Lauren C. Smith, 32, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with a death and felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury.

 

A Lyman woman received a 15-year prison sentence Monday and 5 years of probation after she admitted to driving drunk and causing a wreck that claimed the life of one person and critically injured a second victim.

Lauren C. Smith, 32, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with a death and felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury. Circuit Judge Keith Kelly issued a 25-year prison sentence that was suspended to 15 years of service and 5 years of probation.

Viola Lynn Jackson, 59, died as a result of injuries sustained in the Jan. 20, 2017 wreck on Hampton Road near Skyway Court.

Smith was traveling north on a Hammett Road about 7:05 p.m. when she her Ford Expedition crossed the center line and struck a Honda Accord driven by Jackson. A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, rear-ended Jackson’s car and ended up on the shoulder of the road.

A 10-year-old passenger in Jackson’s car sustained serious injury and he was treated at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

“Ms. Smith’s irresponsible actions took an innocent life and I hope she thinks about the consequences of it all while she is in prison,” Assistant Solicitor Spenser Smith said. 

Emergency responders smelled alcohol on Smith’s breath at the wreck scene.  A blood sample taken at Spartanburg Regional revealed a blood alcohol reading of .21.

Smith’s prior criminal recorded included a 2010 conviction for driving under the influence. 

 

 

 

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