DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Investigators finally made an arrest in a deadly drunken driving accident from November, and Daytona Beach police found the driver may have also been checking messages on her cellphone at the time of the crash.
Months went by as police collected lab results and cellphone records. Even though there are more answers, the victim's family is still frustrated that the driver, Sandra Heilman, 41, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and the accident could have been prevented.
"She was a very happy person, and she always saw the funny side of life," said Phyllis Dudley, the victim's grandmother. "She's a lot of fun to be with."
Dudley said she copes with losing her 22-year-old granddaughter at such a young age by thinking of the good times they had together.
"Her sister from Wisconsin called me and all she said is, 'Laura had an accident, and she didn't make it and that's the last I remember,'" said Dudley.
The crash happened at the intersection of Beville at Nova roads in November, but Heilman was arrested Sunday in the case. She has since bonded out of jail.
According to a police report, her blood alcohol-content was almost twice the legal limit, and she tested positive for cannabis.
"It just seems like there's been education enough that they ought to know," said Dudley. "I mean, it's in the schools from the time they start."
Police said Heilman may have also been checking messages on her phone at the time of the crash.