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Young Woman Arrested on DUI, Murder Complaints in Deadly I-240 Crash

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017

An 18-year-old girl has been arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and second degree murder after a deadly I-240 crash that killed a 16-year-old girl.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Ashley Robinson, 18, was reportedly driving eastbound on Eastern near Interstate 240, when she crashed into a highway embankment and rolled the vehicle. Two passengers, a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old girl, were ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the interstate, where they were struck by at least one, and possibly two, passing vehicles. The younger teen died at the scene. The 19-year-old was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

A third passenger, a 17-year-old boy, told police that everyone in the vehicle had been drinking at a motel in Moore prior to the accident. He said he didn't remember exactly what happened, but thought they took an exit too fast. He reportedly told police that he remembered that he didn't have on a seat belt, but that he blacked out and woke up lying in the grass. He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Investigators say Robinson appeared intoxicated and was emotional as they tried to interview her. They say she consented to a blood alcohol test, and she was arrested at the hospital on complaints of DUI and second degree murder. Reports say her only injuries were to her hands.

In general, a fatal DUI accident is charged as first degree manslaughter as an act of homicide that occurs in the commission of a misdemeanor. First degree manslaughter is punishable by a minimum of four years in prison. However, a second or subsequent DUI is a felony. Therefore, if a fatal DUI accident is a driver's second or subsequent DUI, the act is charged as second degree murder as an act of homicide occurring during the commission of a felony other than those detailed in the first degree felony murder statute. Second degree murder is punishable by a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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