Chamica Adams, driver in fatal DUI crash in Adams Morgan, to be sentenced


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A woman involved in a drunk-driving crash that killed a young exchange student and injured another woman was sentenced Monday to three years and four months in prison.


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Chamica Adams pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Julia Bachleitner. 

Another woman was also injured in the crash, which occurred last September in Adams Morgan.

Adams was driving down 18th Street Northwest last September at about 8:30 p.m. when she lost control of her car. She jumped the curb, killing Bachleitner, an Austrian exchange student studying at Johns Hopkins.

"I've lost a child, and there is nothing I can do," said Gudrun Bachleitner, mother of the victim.

Bachleitner died from injuries she suffered in the crash. Melissa Basque, a French national, was seriously injured. They were standing at an intersection when they were struck by the Dodge Caliber that Adams, of Mitchellville, Md., was driving. The car was registered to her grandmother, according to a sentencing memo. 

"As they waited for the light, the white Dodge came into the left turn way too fast," reads the memo, citing an account of the crash given by two other witnesses who were waiting for the walk signal that night. "The next thing they knew, the headlights of the car were headed straight for them. Although it happened in an instant, it seemed to be in slow motion."

Adams' attorney, James Rudasill, told TBD in January that the incident was the first time that his client had been intoxicated. He called the crash a "tragedy on both sides."

Sentencing Memo DUI Case

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