Illinois, a 24-year-old female college student named Stephanie Melgoza recently caused a fatal car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol, killing two people. Surprisingly, when she was tested for alcohol, she showed a strange and sinister smile in front of the camera and even asked the police officer, “How can I get to class without a car?” Her unrepentant attitude has sparked discussions on the internet.
According to reports from the New York Post and Daily Mail, Stephanie, a senior at Bradley University, drank three bottles of vodka at Full Throttle bar in East Peoria on April 10, 2022 before getting behind the wheel. She hit and killed 43-year-old Andrea Rosewicz and 55-year-old Paul Prowant, who were crossing the road. When the police arrived, they found that she reeked of alcohol, spoke unclearly, and had red eyes. After administering a breathalyzer test, it was found that her blood alcohol concentration was three times over the legal limit, and she also had marijuana in her wallet. As a result, she was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
From the police law enforcement recorder can be seen, Stephanie did not seem to realize the seriousness of the matter, in the police liquor test is still smiling, not only denied that there was hit people, was sent to the hospital after more asked “can drive back, so that tomorrow to go to class,” but also constantly humming and dancing. The policeman said, “Haven’t you had enough?” And told her, “You’re going to jail. You killed two people. I don’t think you understand that. Your car is a crime scene.”
At the time of the incident, Stephanie was only four weeks away from graduation, but the incident caused a strong backlash from fellow students, and she was eventually banned from attending the ceremony. According to the Pekin Daily Times, Stephanie tearfully expressed remorse at the hearing, saying she had not had a drink since the incident. Last month, she was sentenced to 14 years in prison for four felony counts of aggravated drunken driving, and the victim’s family pleaded with the judge to double the sentence.
As soon as the incident caught attention on the Internet, netizens said, “it’s disgusting”, “I’m speechless”, “she’s dehumanized” and “it’s too cheap for 14 years.”