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Woman pleads guilty in apartment crash that killed sleeping man

October 7th, 2011 11:55 am by Becky Campbell

A Jonesborough woman told a judge on Friday that she remembered drinking at a bar one evening in March, then her next memory was waking up with bricks inside her vehicle.
Ashley Dawn Langworthy, 24, pleaded guilty in Washington County Criminal Court Friday to vehicular homicide. The plea agreement called for Langworthy to spend the next eight years in prison, but she is eligible for probation.
On March 20, Langworthy was driving a vehicle that slammed into an apartment building and killed Glenn Edward Smith, 71, 715 Nathaniel Court, Apt. 99.
Police said Smith was asleep in his bed when Langworthy crashed through the wall around 3:30 a.m. Investigators said Langworthy told them she had been to Chili’s — where she drank two margaritas — and then to the Electric Cowboy — where she had two Smirnoff Ice in the parking lot and three shots of tequila inside the bar.
According to investigators, Langworthy’s BAC, or blood alcohol content, was .18. The legal limit for drunken driving is .08.
On Friday, Langworthy told Cupp she remembered drinking at a bar and her next memory was waking up with bricks in her passenger’s seat.
Langworthy was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota southbound on North State of Franklin March 20 when she failed to negotiate a curve as she approached Nathaniel Court near Briarcliff Apartments.
For months after the crash, black tire marks on the road showed the path Langworthy’s pickup took as it veered off the road.
The tire tracks disappeared where Langworthy’s truck went airborne. Her truck slammed into the apartment building and landed on top of Smith, who was asleep in his bed, according to police.
Smith was pinned under the truck and Langworthy was also trapped, the police records show.
Emergency responders had to cut the top off Langworthy’s truck to get her out.
Langworthy only had minor injuries in the crash.
Judge Robert Cupp set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 5. Langworthy is free on bond while her case is pending.

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