WACO, Texas (AP) - A drunk driver was sentenced today to eight
years in prison for accidentally running over her friend when she
tried to pick him up after he got out of her car.
25-year-old Christina Drake, of Bellmead, was sentenced after
pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter.
Because her vehicle was ruled a deadly weapon, she will have to
serve at least half of the prison sentence before she is eligible
Authorities say Drake was driving one night in July 2007 with
Robert Balderrama and his common-law wife when an argument broke
out. Balderrama got out and began walking. Drake inadvertently hit
the 31-year-old of Waco when she went back to pick him up.
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