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EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman who drove the wrong way while drunk on state Route 52, causing a head-on collision that killed the other driver, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in state prison.

April Carole Thompson, 23, pleaded guilty in June to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Thompson also admitted allegations of use of a deadly weapon, causing great bodily injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent or higher.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Thompson was driving west in an eastbound lane of SR 52 about 1 a.m. Dec. 29 when her Chevrolet truck crashed head-on into a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle driven by 25-year-old Jayme Alan Midlam.

Midlam died at the scene, and Thompson was treated at a hospital for moderate injuries.

CHP Officer Albert Udan, testifying at a hearing in January, said the driver of a big rig told him that he saw oncoming headlights and immediately slowed to 35 mph and pulled over the right side of the freeway. The trucker said the victim’s car passed him and was hit head-on by Thompson’s vehicle.

After the crash, Thompson tried to back out of the wreckage, but was unsuccessful, according to court testimony.

CHP Officer Shad Davidson testified that two men trying to get Thompson out of her truck told him that she kept saying “she just wanted to go home.”

Thompson’s blood-alcohol level was estimated to be .24 or .25 percent — three times the legal limit for driving — at the time of the collision, Runyon said.

In court Tuesday, Runyon said that Thompson admitted to drinking at least three beers and six shots of rum with soda water the night of the crash.

gavelEL CAJON, Calif. — A woman who drove the wrong way while drunk, causing a head-on collision that killed the other driver, pleaded guilty today to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

April Carole Thompson, 23, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 6 by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein.

Thompson, in her plea on the eve of trial, also admitted allegations of use of a deadly weapon, causing great bodily injury and driving with a blood- alcohol level of .15 percent or higher.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Thompson was driving west in the eastbound lanes of state Route 52 around 1 a.m. last Dec. 29 when she crashed her Chevrolet truck head-on into a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle driven by 25- year-old Jayme Alan Midlam.

Midlam died at the scene, and Thompson was treated at a hospital for moderate injuries.

CHP Officer Albert Udan testified at a hearing in January that the driver of a big rig told him that he saw oncoming headlights and immediately slowed to 35 mph and pulled over the right side of the freeway. The big rig driver said the victim’s car passed him and was hit head-on by Thompson’s truck.

Udan said when he arrived on scene, the vehicles were stuck together.

After the crash, Thompson started her truck again and tried to back out of the wreckage, but was unsuccessful, according to court testimony.

CHP Officer Shad Davidson testified that two men trying to get Thompson out of her truck told him that she kept saying “she just wanted to go home.”

CHP Officer Jason Gutierrez testified that he arrested Thompson at the hospital, believing that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Thompson’s blood-alcohol level was estimated to be .24 or .25 percent — three times the legal limit for driving — at the time of the collision, Runyon said.

The defendant told officers that she had only one glass of vodka about 4:30 p.m. the previous afternoon and was on her way from her home in National City to her boyfriend’s home in El Cajon when the accident occurred.

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 4.37.14 PMSANTEE, Calif. — Investigators want to talk to two men who came to the aid of a young woman accused of causing a fatal wrong-way, head-on crash in Santee last month.

The fatal crash on eastbound Highway 52, east of Mast Boulevard, occurred just before 1 a.m. Dec. 29, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.

Witnesses reported that two men not involved in the accident stopped to help the driver of a white Chevy 2500HD that had just struck a tan 1970s-era Volkswagen Beetle, Sanchez said. The men left without speaking with authorities.

The driver of the Beetle, Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, died at the scene, and the driver of the Chevy — 23-year-old April Carole Thompson of National City — was later arrested in the hospital on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Thompson suffered moderate injuries in the crash. On Tuesday, a judge found there was sufficient evidence to order her to stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on a highway resulting in death.

She faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted.

The CHP asked the men or anyone else with information about the crash to come forward by calling Officer Brad Clinkscales at 619-220-5492.

SAN DIEGO — A 23-year-old woman involved in a fatal head-on freeway crash pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

April Thompson of National City stood before the judge in handcuffs. Her face was still badly bruised from Saturday’s crash.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Thompson was driving her pick-up the wrong way on State Route 52 around 12:58 a.m. when she “plowed into a 1970 Volkswagen beetle, killing the driver instantly,” said Runyon.

The driver of the Volkswagen, 25-year-old Clairemont resident Jayme Midlam, died in the wreckage. Some of his loved ones wrote about the tragedy Thursday on the FOX5 Facebook page.

“We’ll all miss Jayme. His personality was one of a kind and he was a friend to all,” one friend wrote.

“Jayme was the most kindhearted, genuine person and I will miss him every day,” another friend wrote.

After the crash, Thompson was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries. While there, she was given two preliminary alcohol screenings and both showed her blood alcohol level to be more than double the legal limit, Runyon said. The result of her final blood test is still pending, he said.

Thompson told authorities she drank only one glass of vodka around 4:30 p.m..

After Thursday’s arraignment Thompson’s mother, Janet Cowan, expressed remorse for Midlam’s family.

“We’re just feeling devastated for the young mans family and especially for his mother,” said Janet Cowan, Thompson’s mother. “April has conveyed to me her feelings of just being so grief stricken, because of what’s happened and what she’s done. And she just feels horrible about it.”

Runyon said Thompson’s charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.

“She knows and I know,” said Cowan. “That she has to pay the consequences of making bad choices.”

Cowan said this is unlike her daughter.

“She is so kind to others and thoughtful and loving,” said Cowan.  “Just to do something like this, it’s just not like her.”

Cowan said her family is praying for the victim’s mother and other loved ones.

“We hope that she can find some comfort through God through all this,” said Cowan. “And that just that I wish somehow it could be undone.”

Cowan told Fox 5 Thompson had no recollection of what she was doing the night of the crash.

The judge set Thompson’s bail at $250,000.

SANTEE, Calif. -  A woman driving the wrong-way on a freeway crashed her pickup truck head-on into a car, fatally injuring the driver, and remained in jail, California Highway Patrol officers said.

The victim was identified as Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, of the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. April Thompson, 23, of National City, was jailed after the 12:58 a.m. on State Route 52 east of Mast Boulevard, a CHP dispatcher said.

Midlam was driving his white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle east on Route 52 approaching Mast Boulevard when his car was destroyed by a Chevy 2500 pickup truck heading west in the eastbound lanes, the county Medical Examiner said.

“The victim of the Volkswagen was fatally injured on impact,” according to CHP dispatch. “Thomas suffered moderate injuries and was placed under arrest after being treated at Sharp Memorial Hospital.”

Midlam was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson was booked into Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility after being released from a hospital. Traffic was rerouted via the Mast Boulevard exit following the crash, which closed eastbound Route 52 for several hours.

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