Woman gets prison for wrong-way fatal crash

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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.

12 comments

    • connie

      its sad for the ones who lost their loved ones :( and its worse for this woman who killed them over her bad choice/mistake because now even after shes out of prison, shes still CONDEMN FOR LIFE, having to live with the GUILD of her WRONG CHOICE she chose in life. May the LORD help Both … Her and the Family of the ones who died. God is the real judge.

  • david molnar

    too bad she didn't just run a stop sign and kill a woman and seriously injure a baby…she would have gotten off with probabtion.

  • connie

    My Answer to that is… its sad for the ones who lost their loved ones :( and its worse for this woman who killed them over her bad choice/mistake because now even after shes out of prison, shes still CONDEMN FOR LIFE, having to live with the GUILD of her WRONG CHOICE she chose in life. May the LORD help Both … Her and the Family of the ones who died.

  • sumptin

    ''…was on her way from her home in National City to her boyfriend’s home in El Cajon when the crash happened…' doesnt anybody else thnk this bit odd?? the lying c….
    so she got off on Mast (or was it Msn Gorge)? then headed West? thinking it was East??? or?? Just more proof that this woman is a danger to society….yea and AFTER 6yrs or less!, PLZ refuse her the privilege of EVER driving in CA or adjacent areas!

  • Jay

    The fact that they even tried to use the excuse of an abusive childhood is ridiculous. A rough childhood makes it okay to go out and get completely smashed and then drive home and kill someone? 23 years old and it all hits you on this one night? That is complete B.S.! Shame on that defense attorney for even uttering that poor excuse and making it seem acceptable. Guarantee this wasn't the first time she drove home drunk and hopefully will be her last!

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