Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Gets 18 Years for Fatal Crash; She Pleaded No Contest to Various Charges from the St. Johns Wreck

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Gets 18 Years for Fatal Crash; She Pleaded No Contest to Various Charges from the St. Johns Wreck

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A Palm Coast woman who drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 causing a fatal crash in St. Johns County pleaded no contest Thursday to drunken-driving manslaughter and other charges. She was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Pamela Michelle Reid, 44, was just about to go on trial when she changed her plea, said Christopher Kelly, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office in St. Augustine.

Prosecutors said Reid had a blood-alcohol level of 0.33 percent, more than four times the level at which Florida considers a driver drunk. She drove into oncoming traffic last April near the Flagler County line and crashed head-on into a car driven by Trevor Luce, 34, of Palm Coast. Luce was seriously injured and his passenger, 42-year-old Bruce E. Castle of Port Orange, was killed when they were ejected.

Reid pleaded no contest to one count each of drunken-driving manslaughter, drunken driving with serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license and three counts of drunken driving with property damage. Her license had been suspended for a previous drunken-driving conviction, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Circuit Judge Wendy Berger adjudicated Reid guilty and sentenced her to 15 years on the manslaughter charge and three consecutive years on the serious bodily injury charge. Reid's prison sentence is to be followed by two years of probation, Berger said.

Paul Pinkham

DUVAL COUNTY

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John Meserve, who was suspended from his Jacksonville City Council seat after he was charged with profiting from four Mayport land deals without a real estate license, will go on trial in about four months.

The trial on the third-degree felony charge is scheduled to begin Sept. 20 in Circuit Court. The date was set during a pretrial hearing at the Duval County Courthouse on Wednesday. …

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