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Woman charged in fatal crash had previous DWI arrest

Updated: 07/28/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 4:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

News10NBC has obtained new information about the woman accused in the fatal crash that killed a Henrietta mother Saturday night on Calkins Road.

Lisa Welk was killed and her daughter, Shawna Smith, was injured in the two car collision. Amanda Hunt, 25, of Rush, was driving the other car and was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and DWI.

According to a witness report, Hunt slammed into Welk’s SUV. News10NBC has learned that Hunt had previously been accused of drunk driving three years ago.

Chief James VanBrederode, friend of Lisa Welk, said, “It is just an incredible sense of loss when something like this happens.”

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode has seen his share of DWI related crashes and taken plenty of drunk drivers off the roads. He never imagined a case would hit so close to home. On Saturday night, Lisa Welk, a close friend of VanBrederode and his wife, was killed when sheriff’s deputies say she was hit by a drunk driver.

Chief VanBrederode said, "You have seen it. I have seen it thousands of times. It is the same story. The names change. You got the innocent person two miles away from their house, living a righteous life and they ultimately pay for somebody else's mistake."

Welk and her daughter were returning home after shopping when their car was hit by another car driven by 25-year-old Amanda Hunt. Welk was killed. Her daughter, Shawna Smith, was injured.

A witness told investigators that she saw a car matching Hunt's just a minute earlier speeding down Calkins Road, crossing over the double yellow line to pass her.

According to the police report, Hunt told the investigator she was coming from a bachelor party and said, “I had a few beers.” 

It is not the first time Hunt has been arrested for driving drunk. News10NBC obtained these court documents from an arrest in East Rochester in February 2011. According to police, Hunt crashed her car after speeding on Fairport Road at 3:00 a.m. Her blood alcohol level was 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. She ultimately pleaded guilty to DWAI and paid a $300 fine. VanBrederode say it is a shame she didn’t learn from her previous arrest.

Chief James VanBrederode said, "This is a human generated tragedy. Somebody went out there and did something that was against the law to do, illegal to do, and it cost somebody their life." 

Fifteen-year-old Smith was released from the hospital. VanBrederode says, ironically, when Welk would come over to visit, she would leave by 9:00 p.m., saying she wanted to get home before all the drunks came out.

Hunt is due back in court on Thursday.





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