Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A drunken driver accused of speeding through a Lawrenceville neighborhood and fatally striking a young mother who was telling him to slow down will spend the next nine years in prison, a prosecutor said Monday.
Slated for an Aug. 29 trial, Lawrenceville resident Constantin Toncz, 40, instead pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI, said Lisa Jones, deputy chief assistant district attorney.
Toncz was sentenced to serve nine years in prison followed by six years of probation. He'll be subjected to random screenings and cannot consume alcohol during that time. His plea came three days prior to his scheduled trial, Jones said.
On the night of June 7, 2009, police said Toncz, driving a Ford F-350, struck 25-year-old Sabrina Stanek in front of her Belmont Lane home. Stanek was crushed between Toncz's vehicle and another truck parked on the street.
Witnesses said Stanek, the mother of two young children, was trying to flag Toncz down because he was speeding through the residential area.
Witnesses reported that Toncz was driving erratically through the neighborhood prior to killing Stanek.
In an earlier hearing, an officer testified that two mailboxes on the street had been knocked down, and that tire tracks at the scene suggested it was Toncz's truck that had hit them.An additional stipulation of his sentencing will prohibit Toncz from contacting the victim's family, Jones said.