Court upholds sentence in DWI death

By Jay Braman Jr.
The conviction of a Phoenicia woman, who plead guilty in March 2008 to charges related to a head-on crash on Route 28 that left a 78-year-old Roxbury man dead, has been upheld by a state appellate court, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.

Carol A. Williams, 50, was sentenced in Ulster County Court to one to three years in state prison on May 23, 2008, after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a felony, and drunken driving, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors said that around midnight on August 7, 2007, Williams had several drinks at a tavern in the Town of Hurley then drove west on state Route 28. At 12:19 a.m., Williams’ vehicle crossed into the oncoming traffic lane in Boiceville in the Town of Olive and struck the car driven by Jose Hurtado Sr., head-on. Prosecutors said Williams’ blood alcohol level was 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, after the crash.