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Driver in fatal crash convicted in 2011

Henrietta, N.Y. --- The woman now facing a DWI and homicide charge after a fatal crash in Henrietta on Saturday night was previously convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired.

Amanda Hunt, 25 of Rush, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide this weekend. The homicide charge carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years if shes convicted.

Hunt was involved in a two-car crash on Calkins Road near the intersection of Hylan Drive around 11:12 p.m. Saturday. Hunt was injured in the crash but the driver of the other car, Lisa Welk, 51 of Henrietta, was killed. Welks 15 year-old daughter Shawna was also in the car and was taken to the hospital and treated for relatively minor injuries.

Lisas husband Gary told 13WHAM News he was working a shift at the Wegmans just up the road from the crash scene. He said his daughter called him from the scene and he didnt believe how bad it was until he got there. He asked that 13WHAM News pass along his thanks to all the first responders at the scene because he watched them do everything they could to save his wifes life.

Court papers show that Hunt was previously convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired on October 17, 2011. Department of Motor Vehicle records indicate that conviction stemmed from a February 7, 2011 crash in East Rochester that also involved damaged property and an injured person. DMV records show that Hunts license was suspended for about three months following that conviction; from November 5, 2011 to February 6, 2012.

Hunt was 21 years-old at the time of that 2011 crash. Hunts 25th birthday was Saturday, the night of this fatal crash.

Court papers also indicate that Hunt told the investigating deputy that she was at a bachelor party and that she said, I had a few beers.

An eyewitness statement is also included in the court paperwork. A 21-year-old woman told police that she was driving west on Calkins Road near the Wegmans when she noticed a small black vehicle pass her, crossing the double yellow solid line. The woman went on to tell deputies, I checked my speed and saw that I was going about 33 mph, I know the speed limit is 35 mph.

About a minute later this witness described pulling up to the crash scene near Hylan Drive. Her written statement notes that she ran over to the small black car and found a woman matching Hunts description wearing a dark shirt, a pair of shorts, and hair pulled back in a ponytail. The witness said the woman identified herself as Amanda.

I asked her if she was OK and she said I dont know. I asked her if she was hurt and she said I dont know. She looked shocked and confused, the statement reads. The driver wasnt really responding to any questions so I had not attempted any other questions.

The deputy who responded to the scene also described Amanda Hunts appearance in court papers. The deputy noted that her speech was slow, mumbled, and slurred. Her eyes were bloodshot and glassy and her complexion was flushed.

The deputys report also notes that Hunts injuries included knee and wrist pain, scratches, bruises, and a spinal fracture.

Court documents obtained by 13WHAM News shed light on Hunts 2011 arrest in East Rochester. Police reports show that the initial Breathalyzer test returned a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15% and a subsequent reading showed a BAC of .09%

The arresting officer also noted Hunts slow, mumbled, and slurred speech as well as her bloodshot and glassy eyes and flushed complexion. In that police report Hunt is quoted as telling the officer, I had some rum. The court documents do not, however, provide any information about the actual crash she was involved in that led to her arrest.

Hunt was arrested in 2011 for DWI, DWAI by Alcohol, and speeding. The court record shows that her plea to DWAI, a misdemeanor, satisfied the other charges. She was fined and ordered to pay a court surcharge. Aside from the DMV license suspension there is no other record indicating Hunt received any additional punishment in the form of probation or jail time.


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