Florida woman to serve up to 15 years in prison after killing a woman in a crash while DUI
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa.– A Florida woman will serve up to 15 years in prison after being intoxicated during a 2014 crash that killed a woman and seriously injured a man.
Patricia Halgash will serve 4-15 years in state prison after being convicted on counts of vehicular homicide while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, and DUI.
Sharon Mulhatten, 71, died in the March 13, 2014 crash on Old Philadelphia Pike. Her son, Troy Mulhatten, 54, sustained multiple injuries, including a torn aorta and broken leg.
Halgash was drinking at a bar, and also told police that she had taken prescription medications before her Mercedes veered into oncoming traffic and struck the Mulhatten’s Chevy Caprice nearly head-on.
On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick said that Halgash’s claims that her primary concern was the safety of the Mulhattens was false. Cusick recited trial testimony stating that Halgash retrieved her personal belongings from her own car and did not call 911.
Lancaster County Judge Jeffrey Wright said that Halgash went to the Mulhattens’ vehicle, saw the condition of the two occupants and proceeded to leave them without calling for help.
Judge Wright scolded Halgash on Thursday for lying under oath during her trial, and called her conduct at the scene of the crash “callous.”
“Rarely have I seen conduct more callous than that,” Wright said.
Halgash is set to spend at least the next four years in a state penitentiary.