VIRGINIA BEACH - A woman was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for driving intoxicated and hitting a family that was walking to the school bus in January 2012.
Sandra Hofstadler went around a stopped school bus on Chester Street around 7:50 a.m. on January 19. She lost control, went over the curb and into a yard, striking a father, his two children and a niece. The three went to Lynnhaven Elementary School in Va. Beach.
Lab results showed Hofstadler had cocaine in her system at the time of the crash and her attorney said she was scheduled to sign into an 18-month rehab that same day.
David Yancy Sr. missed seven months of work recovering from the crash and now has a permanent rod in his leg. His 8-year-old niece Neyahni Boyd suffered a broken femur and eye socket.
David Yancy Jr. is five years old and received the worst injuries. He required 3 months in the hospital and now has therapy once a week because of traumatic brain injuries.
'He struggles everyday and he's not the same little boy that I had before this,' says his mother Luciana Yancy.
In September, 2012, Hofstadler pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI Reckless Driving that caused maiming, 2nd conviction DUI within 5-10 years, and failure to stop for a school bus.
During her sentencing hearing the court outlined Hofstadler's nearly decade-long cycle of drug abuse, reckless driving and failed treatment.
'Treatment is always my first choice,' said judge Les Lilley. 'But in this case Ms. Hofstadler has not responded to treatment and is a danger to the community.'
Hofstadler has been in jail for a year, so she will have 11 to serve, the judge ordered.