MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison in connection with a fatal DWI crash in New Caney last year.
Clay Walker Sievertson, 37, reached a plea deal with prosecutors on charges of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
Prosecutors said Sievertson was headed the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Loop 494 around 4:30 a.m. on January 20, 2011, when he struck a vehicle driven by Alicia Sanchez.
Sanchez -- who had her daughter, Daysy Silvestre, in the car with her -- was headed to work at the time.
Investigators said Sievertson’s pickup drove over Sanchez’s vehicle, instantly killing her and seriously injuring her daughter.
Sievertson got out of his truck and fled the scene on foot, without offering any aid to the victims.
He was found about five hours later after an extensive search by DPS troopers and other law enforcement officers.
When they found him, Sievertson denied being involved, but crime scene investigators found his DNA on his steering wheel and the victim’s car.
Officers took Sievertson to a local hospital for a blood draw, and even though it was five hours after the crash, his blood-alcohol level came back at 0.082 – still over the legal limit.
Investigators estimated that at the time of the crash, his BAC would have been close to 0.20.