CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – A woman charged with causing a fatal crash in Chesterfield County while driving drunk has pleaded guilty, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
32-year-old Danielle Nicole McDaniel of Petersburg entered the plea Friday in Chesterfield Circuit Court. The accident happened on March 27 at about 11:30 p.m. Authorities said McDaniel was driving a Jeep Liberty south in the northbound lane of Interstate 95 near the Woods Edge Road exit when she struck a Nissan Altima head-on.
The driver of the Altima, 43-year-old Reinee Thomas of Glen Allen, and her 1-year-old grandson Josiah Thomas, were both killed. Two other family members in the car were severely injured.
McDaniel was not injured in the crash. A test showed her blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.205, about two and a half times above the legal limit.
She pleaded guilty to several charges, including two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol. McDaniel will be sentenced Jan. 27, and faces up to 41 years in prison.
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