Toms River – A Brick woman, identified as Deborah Tadych, age 61, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison after she pleaded guilty in June to a vehicular homicide and DWI. This was the result of a 2012 head-on crash that left another woman dead.
Aside from an imprisonment sentence, she will be under three years parole upon release, her license suspended for a year for DWI plus another 10 year license suspension after released from prison due to vehicular homicide charge.
Almost two years ago, Tadych was driving a Hyundai Sonato south along northbound lanes of Herbertsville Rd without headlights. Two vehicles pulled onto the side of the road to avert a crash but a third vehicle was not careful. A Grand Marquis with Susan Steeper, age 65, resident of Brick, behind the wheel, collided head on with Tadych’s vehicle.
Steeper was trapped inside her vehicle and was extricated by EM. She was rushed to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune but due to critical injuries, she was pronounced dead after admission.
After a BAC was administered to Tadych, police saw that her blood alcohol level was .25 that was double the legal limit of .08. A half-full bottle of Lairds vodka was found in her purse.
Police discovered that Tadych slammed on a parked vehicle when she was exiting from the driveway, minutes away from the crash scene.
Tadych legal counsel argued that her client does not have any criminal record except a minimal motor vehicle history.
Before the sentence was pronounced, Tadych was confined since Jan. 3, 2013 on a bail amounting to $50,000 bail with no 10% option.
The Brick woman also wrote a letter expressing remorse and apologized to the family of the victim. She said that alcoholism had already adversely affected her relationship with her children.
On Dec. 18, 2012, Tadych was traveling south along the northbound lane on Herbertsville Rd. She had no headlights, authorities said. Two vehicles were able to avoid a crash with Tadych, but a third vehicle was not lucky. Susan Steeper was behind the wheel of the unfortunate 3rd vehicle that collided with Tadych’s car.
The impact trapped Steeper inside and she had to be extricated by the Ems. Sustaining life-threatening condition, she was rushed to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where she died shortly after admission.
Police officers on the scene sniffed an odor of alcohol on Tadych and after testing; her BAC level was double the legal limit. Tadych had also hit a parked vehicle while she was pulling out of her driveway and she did not even stop.
Prosecutors asked for an eight-year imprisonment sentence plus three-year parole supervision upon release.
Tadych was held at the County jail of Ocean not being allowed to settle a $50,000 bail without 10%. Her sentence is scheduled on Aug. 29.
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Source: NJ Com