Repeat DUI driver who caused crash that killed pregnant woman gets no mercy from Pennsylvania court


A state Superior Court panel on Tuesday dismissed the appeal of a repeated intoxicated driver who said his prison sentence for causing an accident that killed a pregnant woman is “unduly severe” .

The move means Samuel Corey, 28, of Mansfield will spend up to a quarter of a century behind bars.

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Corey’s journey to prison began when he collided head-on with a car driven by Ceaira Kirkner, 26, on February 4, 2019. Kirkner was thrown from his car and died at the scene. Her two young children, who were in car seats, were not injured.

Police charged Corey, who had drugs and alcohol in his body at the time of the crash, with vehicle homicide while on DUI, President Judge Emeritus Kate Ford Elliott noted in the court opinion of state.

Five months after the fatal accident, Corey was charged with another drug and alcohol-related impaired driving offense for an unrelated incident.

He pleaded guilty in both cases and was sentenced by Bradford County Judge Evan S. Williams III to 8 years and 9 months to 25 years in prison.

Corey’s own lawyer viewed his appeal of this punishment as frivolous. Elliott agreed. She cited Williams’ reason for imposing the sentence given that an unborn child was a victim in the case along with her mother.

“I believe that if (there was) a circumstance where an aggravated sentence was appropriate, it would be this, to take into account in some way that the life of an unborn child has ended far too early, ”concluded Williams.


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