BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A 44-year-old Florida woman managed to spark a scandal after she was seen smiling in her mugshot photo. The woman was arrested on Thursday and charged with drunk driving after ramming the car of an 18-year-old driver, killing her 60-year-old mother.
Florida Woman Claimed She Dropped her Phone While Driving
On Thursday, at around 12 p.m., Angenette Welk, an Ocala resident, was speeding down the U.S. Highway 27 when she failed to notice a car stopped in front.
The Florida woman’s car collided with a Hyundai Elantra, which was driven by an 18-year-old woman. Occupying the passenger’s seat was the woman’s 60-year-old mother. Neither the driver nor the victim was named.
Based on the police report, the impact sent the Hyundai Elantra into a trailer. The paramedics determined that 18-year-old female driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Regrettably, her 60-year-old mother was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery. Hours later, the woman was pronounced brain dead and placed on life support. The victim passed away several days later, despite undergoing multiple surgeries.
Welk, the Florida woman who caused the fatal accident, was arrested and charged with drunk driving after she failed a field sobriety test.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol agents on the scene, the woman had a .172 blood alcohol level, which is twice the admissible limit.
After she was taken into custody, the woman declared that she failed to break because she was looking for her phone which dropped on the floor.
But this is hardly the end of the story. According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, the victim’s family became enraged soon after learning that the Florida woman displayed an ear-to-ear smile during her mugshot session.
The 18-year-old driver declared that she was appalled when she saw the pictures saying that the woman has no shame or remorse.
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