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.

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