Columbia woman sentenced to 8 years in fatal DUI

cwinston@thestate.comMarch 3, 2014 

A Columbia woman was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for a fatal DUI crash in April 2013.

Aliza Lee Brown, 53, pleaded guilty last month to one count of felony DUI resulting in death, before Judge Robert E. Hood, according to a release from Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson's office.

She was sentenced Monday to a 15-year sentence, which was suspended to eight years with three years’ probation and a $10,100 fine. On April 6, 2013, Brown struck and killed Jeremy Ricardo Hayes, 26, who was walking in the median of US 321/Fairfield Road. After stopping at a convenience store, Brown drove down the median of the road, rather than the proper lane. When she approached the intersection of US 321/Fairfield Road and Crane Church Road, her vehicle hit Hayes from behind, ultimately resulting in his death. Brown later admitted that she had consumed five to six beers; and her blood alcohol level tested at .225, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

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