Driver in fatal ‘car-surfing’ incident gets 14-year sentence
Paso Robles high school grad died in accident
The driver in a “car-surfing” incident in Montecito that left a Paso Robles woman dead and another with serious injuries was sentenced in Santa Barbara Superior Court today to 14 years in state prison, the Santa Maria Times reports.
Lanie Tyrone Richardson, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of felony gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated and personally inflicting great bodily injury to a second victim for the June 6, 2012, fatal wreck, the report said.
Twenty-six-year-old Allison Meadows, a 2003 graduate of Paso Robles High School, died at the scene.
“This case is a painful reminder of the tragic results of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” District Attorney Joyce Dudley said in a statement.
Richardson was driving under the influence in the early morning hours on East Valley Road in Montecito while Meadows and her friend, Lindsay Keebler, 25, were riding on the SUV’s hood.
Dudley added that Meadows’ family hopes the individuals involved in the death of their daughter change the course of their lives and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Richardson was speeding when the two women were ejected from the vehicle’s hood and onto the roadway. Meadows died at the scene from major head trauma, and Keebler was seriously injured.
Source: Santa Maria Times