A woman involved in a fatal crash last summer pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.
Judge J. David Roper accepted the plea recommendation for Kalisa L. Luke, 23, and sentenced her to four years in prison, followed by 11 years on probation.
Luke admitted in Richmond County Superior Court that she was driving under the influence when her vehicle struck 40-year-old Hilton A. Milton on Windsor Spring Road in the early-morning hours of June 17.
She was scheduled to stand trial this week in connection with the fatal crash, but after several hours of jury selection Monday, she chose to plead guilty.
Two hours after Milton was killed, Luke’s blood alcohol level was 0.076, Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said Monday.
Milton – who was thrown from his motorcycle after Luke turned in front of him – did not have any trace of alcohol or drugs in his system, Homlar said.
Three months before the fatal motorcycle accident, Luke had been arrested for driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of a road. That DUI charge is still pending.
Just before 6 a.m. on March 17, 2012, Luke was arrested after driving the wrong way on Central Avenue.
According to court records in that case, she nearly collided with a sheriff’s deputy who was driving on the correct side of the street.
A driver is not presumed to be under the influence below 0.08, although a jury can consider other circumstances of the arrest, such as the smell of alcohol.
Luke’s pending DUI case would not be one of those circumstances.