An East Aurora woman Monday was ordered to spend up to 500 hours speaking before victim-impact panels about the dangers of drinking and driving when she was sentenced for the rear-end collision that claimed the life of an elderly Depew man.
Carrie L. Boldt, 23, also was ordered by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka to serve four months of weekends in Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.
She will also be subject to random alcohol testing and wear an electronic monitoring device on her ankle during probation, which could last five years.
Boldt was celebrating her new job and was driving home drunk when she rammed into the rear of a car driven by Anthony Mastriacovo, 73, on Transit Road near Entry Street at about 5 a.m. March 13.
Mastriacovo, who died of severe head injuries two months after the crash near his home, had gone out to buy doughnuts. Boldt, who registered a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent, had been drinking at a bar in Orchard Park, which is being sued by her and the family of the victim.
"There aren't words to express how sorry I am," Boldt told the courtroom, where several relatives of the victim observed the proceedings.
Boldt pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to vehicular manslaughter and a traffic violation. She also was ordered to avoid alcohol and bars for the next five years and barred from driving for the next full year.
Boldt declined to comment as she left the courtroom. Anne E. Adams, Boldt's attorney, said her client is devastated by the grief her drinking and driving has caused another family.