DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit woman who pleaded guilty to DUI which resulted in the death of a road construction worker in June was sentenced to prison on Wednesday in Wayne County Court.
Samiya Speed, 22, was charged in June with killing 57-year-old David Snell of Bay City. Speed was under the influence of alcohol when she crashed into a construction zone around 1:45 that morning on I-75 near Warren Ave in Detroit. Speed hit a large piece of construction equipment, and a pickup truck where two workers were hooking up a utility trailer.
The impact killed Snell and caused Speed's car to rollover. She was arrested at the scene.
Speed was sentenced to a minimum of 46 months and a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Speed was charged with operating a motor vehicle causing death; driving with license suspended causing death; moving violation (careless driving) in a work zone causing death, and operating while intoxicated, second offense.
Police say Snell, who worked for C.A. Hull doing contracting work for MDOT, was installing steel barricades that would protect workers from dangerous drivers when he was hit. Snell had been with the company since 2005 and leaves behind a wife and two grown sons.
Police say they could smell alcohol on Speed and she failed a sobriety test.
The other construction worker, in his 40s, suffered minor injuries.