Florida man gets 20 years in deadly drunken driving crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed a 73-year-old Virginia woman.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Anthony Spence, 37, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last year to aggravated involuntary manslaughter, the top charge he faced in the 2018 crash that killed Maria Fox.

Circuit Judge Les Lilley called the crash “a horrific senseless act that exhibited extreme callous indifference.”

Fox was driving home from her daughter’s house at about 10 p.m. on June 3, 2018, when the crash occurred.

Prosecutors said a Hyundai Elantra sedan driven by Spence into the driver’s side of her vehicle. Spence, of Winter Park, Florida, was in town for a business meeting the next day.

A man who was jogging nearby told investigators he saw Spence stagger from his car and and then crawl away on his hands and knees. A K-9 police unit later found him hiding in bushes at a home about 60 yards away.

Prosecutor David Laird said a toxicologist determined that his blood alcohol content would have been about .20 percent at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit for driving.. He also had trace amounts of Xanax and an Amphetamine in his system.