Wellington woman pleads to 10 years probation for 2009 fatal accident

WELLINGTON, Fla. - A Wellington woman accepted a 10-year probation sentence Monday as part of a plea agreement for DUI manslaughter charges in the connection with the 2009 death of a 38-year-old bicyclist.

Prosecutors say Carolyn Sigmeister, 53, was impaired on a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol when she drove onto the shoulder of South Shore Boulevard near Forest Hill Boulevard, fatally striking Arnaldo Velez.

As part of the plea, Sigmeister will have to permanently surrender her driver's license and complete a $100,000 restitution payment to Velez's family as part of a lawsuit settlement.

Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts told Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath that Velez's family agreed with the plea for Sigmeister, who suffers from end stage liver-disease and several other ailments.

Sigmeister told Colbath that doctors suspect she will die in two years without a liver transplant, and hypertension and other illnesses so far have prevented her from getting on a transplant list.


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