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N.C. woman gets 13-year prison sentence in fatal, wrong-way crash of Greer student

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Published on Monday, November 10, 2014

A North Carolina woman was sentenced to serve more than a decade in prison Monday after she admitted to driving under the influence of prescription medication when she caused a fatal, wrong-way, head-on crash on Business I-85.

Lisa C. Fall, 42, of Rutherfordton, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with death and felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury for the June 14, 2014 wreck that claimed the life of a Greer High School student, Allen Peter Turlak, 17.

Turlak’s brother, Vitaly Turlak, 19, sustained serious injuries to his spleen and back.

Circuit Judge Frank Addy issued a 25-year prison sentence that was suspended upon the service of 13 years and 4 years of probation. Fall didn’t have a prior criminal record.

The wreck occurred about 4:15 a.m. on June 14, 2014 when Fall drove a 2005 Ford Mustang south in the northbound lane of the interstate. Fall’s car collided head-on with a 2008 Honda Civic driven by Vitaly Turlak.

The Turlak brothers were both wearing seatbelts when the wreck occurred. Fall, who was also wearing a seatbelt, was treated at Spartanburg Medical Center before she was taken to jail.

Highway Patrol troopers said Fall slurred words when she spoke at the hospital and she was unaware she had been traveling the wrong way on the interstate.

“The Turlak family has been devastated by Lisa Fall’s pathetic actions,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “I hope people look at this case and think about the widespread and dangerous consequences of prescription drug abuse.”

 

 

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