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Woman Faces Trial for Drunk Driving Accident that Resulted in Fatality

A Lawton woman appeared in court for a hearing with attorneys before her trial for a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of another woman. The defendant, Justine Gallegos, declined a plea deal offered by the District Attorney. If found guilty by the jury in the 89th District Court, Gallegos could face a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years.

The incident occurred when Gallegos was driving east on Kell at a high speed. She crossed the center median and collided head-on with the victim's westbound Mazda, which then crashed into a tree. The victim, Pimporn Kasemthaveesak, was trapped inside the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, police noted that Gallegos had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and was slurring her speech. She refused to answer questions regarding her alcohol consumption. A blood sample was obtained at the hospital through a warrant.

Prior to the trial, Gallegos was extradited to Lawton to serve a one-year sentence in Comanche County for a DUI conviction. She also has a previous conviction for driving with an open alcoholic container.

The victim, known as “Ice,” was originally from Thailand and had adopted parents in the area. She worked at United Market Street and the post exchange at Sheppard Air Force Base while pursuing her master's degree.