A Florida woman smiled in her mugshot despite driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a mother and injured her daughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Angenette Marie Welk, 44, was booked into Marion County Jail Saturday after she turned herself in to police. Welk initially faced several charges, including DUI with serious bodily injury, until Sandra Clarkston died four days after the crash.
Welk was driving down U.S. Highway 27 in Marion County on May 10 when police said she rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra that then slammed into a tractor-trailer stopped in front of it, Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Clarkston had celebrated her birthday a day before the crash. Her daughter, Keonna Sciacca, told WKMG the 60-year-old was paralyzed and brain dead, though doctors performed multiple operations to try to save her.
Welk had told the trooper at the scene she crashed into the vehicle because she dropped her cell phone while driving. However, the trooper noticed the 44-year-old’s breath reeked of alcohol and her eyes were glossy. Welk failed to complete a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol level was .172, more than twice the legal limit of .08.