A young woman from Dardenne Prairie admitted to driving while intoxicated when she was involved in a crash that killed two elderly women. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the accident, in which two individuals died.

The driver is set to be sentenced in the St. Charles County Circuit Court, keeping the state sentencing recommendations in mind.

She admitted that she had consumed three alcoholic drinks before driving to work at a local restaurant. The woman took precautions by spreading out the beverages out over a three-hour period, thinking she would be fine to operate a vehicle drive to her shift. Instead, she collided head-on with the vehicle that contained the two older ladies.

The accident happened last summer when the two older women were driving east on the northern service road near Interstate 70. The younger driver's vehicle crossed the center line, according to accident reports, smashing into the other car head-on.

About two hours after the accident, the young woman's blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.127 percent. The legal limit in the state of Missouri is 0.08 percent. Her BAC was likely higher at the time of the crash.

The young woman's sentencing hearing is slated to take place in a few months. State officials have recommended that she serve no longer than 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charges. It is unclear whether the woman also faces other DUI charges in connection with the incident, as media reports have not indicated that other indictments were pending.

In many cases, the sentencing phase of a trial is just as important as any other. Had the woman not pled guilty, she may be up against a much different set of charges. The hope is that she consulted with her attorney to determine what move would be best to uphold her rights and receive a fair outcome to the trial.

Many factors can play into what sentence a court will hand down. As reports have not indicated the young woman has previous DUI-related arrests, the court may consider her record and hand down a favorable sentence.

Source: The Post-Dispatch, "Woman admits drinking, causing crash that killed two New Melle women," Valerie Schremp Hahn, July 12, 2012