Cynthia Castoro Tried to Deny Killing Two Men With a Car, Despite the Flesh in Her Windshield
It's hard to deny you just ran over three construction workers with your car -- killing two of them -- while you're driving drunk and high, especially when their blood, flesh, and pieces of their orange vests are embedded into your windshield.
Cynthia Gail Castoro, 42, did just that. She's going to prison for a while.
Castoro pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter and two other charges more than two years after running the men over and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
According to the arrest report from Jupiter police, the cops arrived to the scene of three construction workers who had been run over a little after midnight on June 26, 2009.
Two of the men were already dead, and the third man was transported to a nearby hospital with "serious bodily injuries."
There were two cars involved in the crash, police say, and they were found on a grass median on State Route 811. One of the cars had human blood, flesh, and fluorescent traffic vest fibers embedded in the windshield.
Police asked the driver of one vehicle what happened, and he told the cops he had just passed the construction workers when he was rear-ended by Castoro, so they went to ask her what happened.
Castoro told the cops she had just dropped off her friend after they attended a birthday party, and when police asked her if she was driving north, she replied, "Apparently, because I hit him."
That's when the cops noted she smelled like alcohol, was slurring her speech, and had a urine stain around her crotch area.
Castoro proceeded to tell police that she had two glasses of wine and that she hit the man's car. When asked if she had hit anything else, she told the cops, "No, no."
After reading Castoro her Miranda rights, police say they had the following conversation with her:
We advised Castoro that prior to hitting the car, she hit a couple of people, and they were dead. She immediately said, I did not!
Police arrested Castoro and drew a couple vials of blood just before 2:30 a.m. that later returned with a blood-alcohol content of .235. There was also around 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter in her blood, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines as a "significant" concentration.
Castoro received a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the two counts of DUI manslaughter as well as a five-year sentence that will run concurrently for a DUI causing serious bodily injury.
She was also sentenced to one year in the Palm Beach County Jail for injuries sustained by the man she rear-ended but was granted time served, according to the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office.
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