Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hope woman charged with DUI in death of motorcyclist

A New Hope woman was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle while DUI for allegedly causing the death of a motorcyclist in Solebury Township last month.

New Hope woman charged with DUI in death of motorcyclist

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A New Hope woman was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle while DUI for allegedly causing the death of a motorcyclist in Solebury Township last month.

Nancy Smith, 49, of Riverstone Circle, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.288, more than three times the legal limit after the 10:30 a.m. crash on July 16, police said.

She told investigators that she drank the night before, waking at 4 a.m. to do housework after only a few hours of sleep, according to the criminal complaint filed against her.

Witnesses told police that Smith’s SUV struck a motorcyclist while she was turning from Route 202 into the Logan Square Shopping Center, the criminal complaint said. Her 15-year-old daughter was in the car with her, police said.

The motorcyclist who died was Maximiliano Urzua, of Ontario, Canada.

Pamela Lazakis, Urzua's daughter, told the Doylestown Intelligencer that the family is devastated.

"We have no words for what happened to us," she said. "For us, this is a life sentence."

William Goldman, Smith's attorney, told The Inquirer that the Smith family grieves for the Urzua family.

"Her remorse is deep and sincere," Goldman said. 

If found guilty, Smith faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three to six years in prison.

Smith is free on $250,000 unsecured bail.

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