Woman gets 10 years for drunken driving incident that killed friend

Published  7:09 PM HST Aug 14, 2013
Brittany Poole
HONOLULU -

Brittany Poole, the woman responsible for killing a friend in a drunken driving incident, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

"I never thought this could happen to me, but it has, and I take full responsibility," Poole said before her sentence was handed down.

Poole was behind the wheel in November of 2010, and under the influence of alcohol, according to police, when she veered off the road, hit a vehicle, a rock wall and fences before finally slamming into a house.

"I heard this skid, I looked up. It looked like a plane had crashed.  This car spun out, hit another car, a wall. And as it was flying through the air, it was just spinning," testified Ashley Goddard, who witnessed the crash.

One of the passengers in Poole's car, 21-year-old Unique Murry, died.

"He was my heart, my joy my love and on Nov. 21 we received one of the worst phone calls we could ever receive," testified Murry's father, Donald.

"The most devastating thing that has ever happened," Murry told the judge. "To have to go into a hospital and prepare my son for my wife and his mother, to see him one final time, as a father, it still haunts me."

Prosecutors were asking for Poole to serve a prison term of 10 years for her actions that night.

Before Judge Perkins handed down his sentence, Poole had another apology, this time for the Murray family.
 
"I really want to say I'm sorry. I know sorry won't bring him back but I'm sorry."

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