A Bradenton woman was sentenced Thursday after a jury found her guilty of being high on marijuana during a head-on crash that killed a driver and seriously injured three young children in 2015.
Nancy Spurlock was convicted of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, DUI serious bodily injury, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, two counts of DUI resulting in injury and two counts of reckless driving resulting in injury.
She was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation and her driver’s license is permanently revoked, State Attorney Ed Brodsky said Monday in a news release.
On March 27, 2015, Spurlock was driving south on U.S. 19 after crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge when she lost control on a curve, crossed the median and crashed into head-on a van carrying an adult and three children, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Investigators at the scene found a broken medicine bottle with marijuana and two pipes in Spurlock’s black Coach purse, according to a 2015 Herald report.
Barbara Carvis, 51 of Pinellas Park, died at the scene and three children she was driving were transported to All Children’s Hospital with serious injuries, the Herald reported.
Spurlock was treated for serious injuries at Manatee Memorial Hospital, and investigators suspected her of being under the influence, according to the FHP report.
According to Monday’s news release, “a blood sample obtained from the defendant confirmed the presence of marijuana in the defendant’s blood at the time of the crash.”
“After a long 8 years, I am pleased that the families of the victims finally have a resolution to this case,” assistant state attorney Tyler Egbert said in the news release.
“Although nothing can bring back the life lost nor erase the children’s memories of the crash, I hope this verdict brings a sense of justice to everyone affected. I would also like to thank the jury for their hard work and consideration in the trial of this case.”