Cayucos woman gets 140 months for manslaughter
October 9, 2013
A Cayucos woman who ran down two cyclists in September killing one and seriously injuring the other was sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in prison on Tuesday
Jessica Goddard, 29, had already had convictions for driving under the influence, reckless driving and hit-and-run when she plowed into the two Los Osos men.
After an evening of heavy drinking and cocaine use, Goddard left for work at about 11:30 a.m. She was driving southbound on Highway 1 near Main Street in Morro Bay when she allegedly veered right and struck the cyclists.
Alan Stephens, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene. His cycling companion, Bradley Cummins, 60, was transported to Stanford University Medical Center with fractures to a femur, a lower vertebra, his pelvis, his sternum and his left forearm.
Goddard pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence a week after the collision. Several family members of the victims asked San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice to sentence Goddard to the maximum sentence, which he did.
“It’s like an airplane crash,” Trice said noting her past convictions. “The debris trail it leaves in families and in the community it’s frustrating and sickening.”