Updated: Drunk Driver in Crash That Killed Maryland Heights Teacher to be Sentenced
Patrick Walsh was was driving about 100 mph in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado and had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed into a Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 270, near West Florissant Road, in 2011.
Patrick Walsh, the drunk driver responsible for a car crash that killed a Parkwood Elementary teacher in September 2011, will be sentenced in a St. Louis County courtroom today.
Walsh, according to reports, was was driving a truck about 100 mph and had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed into a Chevy Tahoe that Steve Brueggen, of Florissant, was riding in on Interstate 270, near West Florissant Road.
The Tahoe flipped over several times, ejecting Brueggen and another man, Michael R. McLemore, 37, of O’Fallon, from the truck. Both were killed.
Walsh and the other occupants in the Tahoe had minor injuries.
Walsh was charged, and later pleaded guilty, to two counts of manslaughter while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent or greater and five counts of assault.
Walth was scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 13, but the sentencing was delayed.
Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on Maryland Heights Patch on Feb. 13 and is being republished to reflect the change in the defendent's sentencing hearing.