Oregon man imprisoned for Washington woman's DUI death

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 12 years in Oregon state prison for killing a Washington state woman at a construction site while he was drunk driving.

The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that 77-year-old Leman Bledsoe was convicted of eight crimes, including manslaughter, DUI, reckless driving, and failing to assist the victim.

Authorities say Bledsoe was drunk when his minivan struck 49-year-old construction worker Tyresa Monaghan of Kennewick, Washington.

Police say Bledsoe struck Monaghan after sideswiping a car Monaghan had flagged to a stop at the site in Athena, Oregon.

Bledsoe crashed into another car while attempting to flee and a construction worker blocked his vehicle with a water tanker until police arrived.

Monaghan died at the scene.

Ten years of Bledsoe's sentence is a mandatory minimum for manslaughter.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com