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Injury crash nets 8 years for driver who fled scene

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman was ordered Friday to spend eight years in prison for causing a crash last year that left a man with serious injuries and fleeing from the area. 

Betty J. Hurst, 42, had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% causing serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness. She pleaded guilty in January to the leaving the scene charge and was ordered Friday to spend eight years of a 14-year sentence behind bars. 

Six years of the sentence were suspended, and Hurst will spend three years on probation after serving time. 

The crash happened May 4, at Cook Road and Landlord Lane. Preston Stier was left with “serious bodily injury,” according to court documents. 

Police who interviewed Hurst after the crash said she was swaying, had slurred speech and was “very slow to respond to questions, could not follow simple instructions,” a probable cause affidavit alleged. 

Investigators said her blood alcohol content was 0.349% – more than four times the legal limit of 0.08%. 

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