According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times, a woman from the far south side of Chicago plead guilty to DUI for her responsibility in the deaths of two persons. She has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for the deadly car accident. On November 19, 2011 Nancy Spencer got behind the wheel of her 1997 Oldsmobile Acheiva with two passengers, Lavashia Penn and Damari McCaster. The pair were riding in the back seat of Spencer’s car having just left the funeral of McCaster’s paternal grandmother. Not long after departing, Nancy Spencer lost control of her vehicle on the 500 block of west 111th street, flipping the car and causing the deaths of her two passengers. The accident took the lives of both Penn, age 36 and McCaster, age 13. Lavashia Penn and Damari McCaster were mother and son. According to authorities, Spencer drove through the intersection of 111th street and Wallace disregarding a stop sign. She was traveling at a high rate of speed when she failed to stop, subsequently losing control of her vehicle. Spencer told authorities that as she approached the intersection Penn hugged her, which in turn caused her to lose control of the vehicle. Flipping the car and then hitting a tree and pole. Just after the crash, Spencer admitted to police that she had more than three glasses of wine, authorities said. At the scene of the accident Spencer had a blood alcohol level of .17, more than twice the legal limit of .08. Driving while intoxicated is a serious and potentially deadly offense. Being arrested under suspicion of DUI comes with severe penalties and life altering consequences, and will require a solid criminal defense. If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI please seek the help and guidance of a trained Illinois criminal defense attorney.
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