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A Springfield woman, who pled guilty to drinking and driving and two counts of second-degree assault, was sentenced recently in Washington Circuit Court.
Judith Filiatreau, 63, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years of probation and her license was revoked for 18 months.
The incident, which occurred more than two years ago on Jan. 24, 2012, injured Carrie Mann and her mother, Fern Cooley, both of Lebanon. (Coincidentally, they were featured in the Enterprise’s series about drinking and driving last year.) According to the Kentucky State Police report, Filiatreau was driving north on Hwy. 55 in a 1991 Oldsmobile when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1995 Chevy truck, being driven by William R. Bishop of Campbellsville. Filiatreau then re-entered the northbound lane, striking a 1998 Cavalier being driven by Cooley. Everyone involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, and no one was seriously injured.
However, Cooley received a cartilage injury in her rib cage and a grapefruit-size hematoma formed in Mann’s left breast after the crash. The lymph nodes in her left breast also ruptured. Mann eventually had to have surgery to remove the hematoma and ruptured lymph nodes in her breast.
Since the crash, Mann said she has experienced a great deal of physical and emotional pain. Her surgery left her with a permanent, obvious scar. And she must get mammograms and ultrasounds every six months, she said, because of the lymph node damage, which could cause an increased risk for breast cancer.
Mann said she’s relieved that the long, drawn out court process is over, but she’s not satisfied with Filiatreau’s punishment.
“I feel like I did everything in my power that I could,” Mann said.