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Driver gets 6-month jail term for drunken crash that injured friend

Joslyn Miller tearfully told a judge Monday that she made a horrible mistake the night she drove drunk and crashed her car, seriously injuring her friend. Miller was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and five years on probation.

Miller, 23, previously pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to first-degree vehicular assault. She recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent on April 15, 2016, when she crashed her speeding vehicle into a parked car on Main Street near Sisters Hospital.

The crash caused severe injuries to her passenger, Shaun Monae Williams, 22, who sustained a broken leg, hip and arm in the crash, as well as injuries to her face, head trauma and sustained nerve damage.

Before Miller was sentenced, Williams told Judge Michael Pietruszka that she did not believe Miller was remorseful for her actions. She also said that, before she accepted a ride from Miller on the night of the crash, Miller assured her that she wasn’t intoxicated.

“She doesn’t care what happened to me,” Williams said, adding that her hospitalization and surgeries also have forced her to delay finishing her education and starting her career.

The judge pronounced sentence without comment, and he forbid Miller from drinking any alcohol during her probation. Her license was revoked for a year.

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