Drunken driver sentenced to 7 years in fatal crash

The Panama City Police Department is working to get drunk drivers off the roads during the Labor Day holiday. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A drunken driver who fled from a fatal crash in Milwaukee has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Journal Sentinel reports 30-year-old Dennis Thomas Jr. was sentenced Thursday but avoided a homicide conviction because the other driver had gone through a stop sign.

The crash occurred after 2 a.m. on April 7. Twenty-eight-year-old LaTisha DuPree died of massive injuries in the crash.

Thomas was initially charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, but further investigation revealed DuPree had sped through a stop sign and into the path of Thomas, who was speeding but did brake right before the impact.

___

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)