Missouri man gets 10 years for crash deaths
The drunken, high-speed crash killed a Lake View teen
The Missouri man who killed a Lake View teen and two others in a high-speed, drunken-driving crash in 2011 was sentenced this month to up to 10 years in prison, according to online court records.
Scott R. Woods, 23, of Hopkins, Mo., pleaded guilty in December to five felonies for the Oct. 29, 2011 crash, in which he quickly accelerated his pickup truck to more than 90 mph on a highway just east of Hopkins, swerved back and forth across both lanes of traffic and went off the roadway into an embankment.
Chrystal Olerich, 18, of Lake View, was thrown from the vehicle and died. She was among the seven people in the truck. None of the passengers wore a seatbelt.
Woods' blood-alcohol concentration was .147 percent. He suffered minor injuries and declined medical help.
Woods pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and three of assault. The most serious charge was punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison on Jan. 7 for the most serious involuntary manslaughter charge. The judge also sentenced him to several years in prison for each of the other charges, but Woods will serve them concurrently.
Olerich, a former East Sac County volleyball standout, was a freshman volleyball player at Southwestern Community College in Creston. At least three others in the truck were also Southwestern students.
Olerich earned second-team All Twin Lakes Conference volleyball honors in 2010 for the Raiders. East Sac County, ranked fourth in Class 2A, went 5-0 to win the conference championship that season and finished the year with a 27-2 record. Olerich was a setter for the team.
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