Woman in fatal accident gets 2nd DUI

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010

FAIRBANKS, - A Fairbanks woman involved in a fatal car crash while she was intoxicated has been convicted again for driving under the influence.

Thirty-five-year-old Faith Derendoff is serving a sentence of 20 days in jail after state troopers arrested her on College Road last weekend.

Authorities say Derendoff was intoxicated in May 2005 when 18-year-old Andrew Coker ran a stop sign and drove into her path. Coker died after Derendoff's vehicle crashed into the driver's side of his sedan.

A jury acquitted Derendoff of manslaughter, but deadlocked on the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

She ultimately was convicted of the misdemeanor DUI charge.

Derendoff wiped away tears as she pleaded guilty last week to the new DUI charge.

Magistrate Alicemary Rasley said if Derendoff continues to drink, she would likely end up in her presence again.

"I just hope you don't kill someone again," Rasley said.

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