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Woman gets 12 years in wreck case



A Virginia woman who drove under the influence of drugs and crashed her vehicle into another motorist last October has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Crystal Lynn Barlow, 31, of Norton, Va., pleaded guilty on August 12 in Letcher Circuit Court to first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (third offense), failure of owner to maintain required insurance and operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright followed Letcher Commonwealth’s

Attorney Edison Banks’ recommendations and sentenced Barlow to 12 years for assault, five years imprisonment for criminal mischief, 365 days for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 90 days in jail for failure of owner to maintain required insurance and 90 days in jail for operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license. All sentences are to run concurrently.

Barlow was also orderd to pay a $100 fine for reckless driving and a $1,000 fine for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (third offense). Her operator’s license has been suspended for the maximum period.

Barlow, who lived in Isom at the time of the wreck, was driving a Toyota Camry toward Jenkins around 6:30 p.m. on October 10, 2010 when she crossed three lanes of traffic into the oncoming lane and struck a Chevrolet Blazer being driven south by Ted Thompson of Burdine. Thompson pulled off onto the shoulder of the highway trying to avoid a collision, but the vehicles hit on the drivers’ sides. Thompson was ejected from his vehicle, which rolled over a guardrail and came to rest on a hillside.

Thompson and Barlow, who were the only occupants in their vehicles, were airlifted from the scene to hospitals in Tennessee. According to court documents, Thompson suffered massive, life- threatening permanent injuries and underwent numerous surgeries and was hospitalized in the critical care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. for several weeks.

Thompson is expected to require additional treatment surgical procedures. Thompson’s medical bills have totaled more than $400,000.



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