NEWS-LEDGER – ONLINE OCT 18, 2011 -
A 78-year old West Sacramento woman has been sentenced to a year in county jail plus $26,000 in restitution to the family of a woman she killed in a supermarket parking lot accident one morning in 2009.
Donna Marie McClure had been found guilty of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
According to Jonathan Raven, chief deputy district attorney for Yolo County, the accident occurred on the morning of Oct. 1, 2009, in front of the Raley’s store in West Sacramento. Victim Jewell Mattos walked out of the store and “was halfway through the crosswalk when (McClure) ran into her with her car.”
“Ms. McClure failed to stop until Ms. Mattos was carried 20 to 30 feet. Ms. Mattos suffered serious injuries and died the following day at U.C. Davis Medical Center.”
McClure “had more than adequate opportunity to brake,” and nothing obstructed her view as a driver, said the D.A.
But prosecutor Ryan Couzens argued that McClure had been grossly negligent because she had suffered “lapses in consciousness, judgment and attention caused by chronic alcoholism.” The warnings came from both McClure’s doctor and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
McClure was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident – although in the car with her was a friend who was a licensed driver.
According to the D.A.’s office, McClure said she “had too much pride” to ask her friends to driver her.
As part of the sentence, McClure will also serve five years of felony probation.