Hawaii mother given 6 months for crash that injured children

WAILUKU – A Hawaii woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for a drunken driving accident that seriously injured two of her children, a report said.

Jaydean Forlines, 33, of Haiku was sentenced Thursday for the September 2017 accident on Maui, The Maui News reported Sunday.

Forlines was under the influence while traveling at speeds near 100 mph (161 kph) with her four children before hitting a utility pole at 10:45 p.m., authorities said.

Forlines pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent injury, second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and DUI. Other charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Her 10-year-old daughter suffered a broken spine, nasal fracture and fractured arm, while her 12-year-old daughter suffered injuries including a torn artery in her abdomen and a cervical spine fracture, said Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Segal.

“A 9-year-old boy and 18-month-old baby miraculously escaped without any major injuries but were terrified,” Segal said. “These children had almost been killed by their mother.”

Forlines suffered a broken jaw, broken hip and shattered eye socket. She was also ordered to perform 500 hours of community service with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and pay $522 in restitution.

Defense attorney Wendy Hudson asked for a jail sentence less than the year requested by the prosecution.

Forlines completed treatment at a recovery center, participated in a drug court program, attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and the state reunited her with the children, Hudson said.

“Every day she looks at her children, and she’s grateful they’re here,” Hudson said. “Every day she lives with the guilt and what she’s done. She gets it.”


Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com


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