A Point Breeze man has been sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, in a May 2012 crash in Penn Hills that killed a woman and critically injured her 9-year-old son.
Christine Beilstein, 45, of Plum died shortly after the accident, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Her son, whom police did not identify, was flown to a local hospital with severe head injuries in critical condition.
Police said Duane C. Woodson, 50, was driving a tow truck in the 1000 block of Milltown Road and crossed into opposing traffic, colliding head-on with Beilstein's vehicle.
Woodson, who was not licensed, attempted to flee the accident scene on foot, but was caught, police said.
Woodson pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and other related charges. He was sentenced by Judge Philip Ignelzi.
Court records show Woodson's blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was between 0.10 and 0.16, which triggered an additional charge of driving under the influence with a high blood-alcohol rate.
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