Drunk driver sentenced to 12 years for 2012 deadly crash

Seth Donnelly

Credit: Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office

Seth Donnelly was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a 2012 drunk driving crash which killed a 71-year-old man.




Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

FORT WORTH -- A man convicted of driving drunk, leading police on a chase, and causing a crash which killed a 71-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

A jury gave Seth Donnelly, 24, his sentence on Thursday after he pleaded guilty -- and after the jury learned he has one prior conviction for driving while intoxicated and six convictions of public intoxication.

Prosecutors showed evidence that Donnelly was driving drunk on Oct. 3, 2012, when he almost crashed with another vehicle on the Weatherford Traffic Circle in West Fort Worth.

Police started following Donnelly and he led them on a high-speed chase. Going 90 mph, Donnelly ran a red light and crashed into motorcyclist Richard Franklin Lynn, 71, near Calmont Avenue and Alta Mere Drive. Lynn died instantly, prosecutors said.

Donnelly tried to drive away but couldn't. He eventually jumped out of his car and ran from police, who eventually caught up to him and arrested him.

Donnelly had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .25. The legal limit in Texas is .08.

“This defendant showed an escalating trend of alcohol-related offenses,” Prosecutor Pamela Boggess said. “It’s a tragedy that it took Mr. Lynn’s death to curtail his crimes.”