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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 injuries.
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 pony tail. 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.