A Kirkland woman who was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing an elderly woman, was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison.
Kelly Ann Hudson, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in September. In her plea deal, she admitted she had been drinking and had taken medication before the Aug. 7, 2012, crash that killed Joyce Parsons, 81.
“I don’t even know how to say I’m sorry enough,” a tearful Hudson said in King County Superior Court before she was sentenced to 130 months in prison.
Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the center line just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound car. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s van, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.
The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.
Parsons was killed and the three other occupants of the car, Arthur Kamm, Jenny Grieshaber and Daniel J. Grieshaber, were critically injured, police and prosecutors said. During today’s sentencing hearing, a video tribute to Parsons was played in the courtroom.
Hudson was the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular-homicide DUI went into effect in June 2012. Under the new law, the standard-range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.