VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Two men, who were each found guilty of driving under the influence, were sentenced to prison Tuesday, after crashing into each other and killing one of their passengers in 2015.
According to evidence presented by the Commonwealth, Charles Hazer and Dennis Brito were both driving while intoxicated on April 12, 2015.
Around 2:30 a.m. Hazer was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang northbound on Newtown Road. As he entered the intersection at Greenwich Road, he struck Brito's 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, after Brito failed to yield while making a left turn.
Hazer was believed to be driving between 61 and 70 m.p.h. at the time of the impact. The speed limit in the area was 35 m.p.h.
Neither of the drivers were injured, but two women riding in Brito's car were. Heidi Jo Fredman was riding in the backseat and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger suffered severe injuries, including nine broken ribs, a broken pelvis, two collapsed lungs, featured femur, and a Traumatic Brain Injury. She was in a coma for three and a half weeks and has continued to go back to the hospital several times for various procedures since the incident.
Both drivers Blood Alcohol Content were tested. Hazer had a BAC of .156 and Brito's was between .14 and .16. The legal BAC in Virginia is .08.
Brito was found guilty on charges of DUI Manslaughter, DUI Maiming, DUI, and Failure to Yield While Making a Left Turn. He was sentenced to 15 years and 365 days in prison, with 8 years and 365 days suspended. He must also pay a fine of $700.
Hazer was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter, DUI Maiming, and DUI. He was sentenced to 15 years and 365 days in prison with 10 years and 365 days suspended. He must also pay a $500 fine.
Hazer had prior convictions of Drunk in Public and Reckless Driving, but received a shorter sentence because he spent the last two years at Edgehill Recovery Center while receiving treatment for alcoholism and mentoring other addicts.