Arizona Driver Involved in Head-On Collision Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Arizona Driver Involved in Deadly Head-On Collision Sentenced to 14 Years in PrisonA woman who was found to be responsible for causing a head-on car crash in Prescott, Arizona, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, a lighter sentence than the 119-year incarceration with which she could have been punished.

According to the Daily Courier, the woman, who was found to be driving under the influence of methamphetamine during the accident, accepted a plea deal, allowing her to serve 14 years instead of the virtual life-sentence the jury would have given if she had been found guilty.

The woman, 31-year-old Jessica Mae Wayas of Congress, was driving a Ford Mustang in March 2010 when she allegedly struck an oncoming Ford pickup truck head-on, which was being driven by a 70-year-old man from Iron Springs. The accident occurred about 20 miles outside of Prescott,  Dwight D’Evelyn, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, stated.

Both Wayas and the truck driver, John C. Lincoln, were flown to North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, where Lincoln was determined to have suffered serious injuries. Wayas’ two children were also in the car with her, and suffered severe injuries in the crash as well. One of her children was rushed via medical helicopter to St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix, while the second child was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in an ambulance, the news source stated.

In June 2010, Wayas was indicted on nine counts, which included three counts of recklessly operating a motor vehicle, two counts of harming a child under the age of 15 and two counts of driving under the influence of drugs while carrying minors. Other counts included damaging property and disobeying the order of a previous court case.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 585 drivers appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the 106,177 accidents that occurred throughout the state in 2010.