The Kenwood Press
News: 07/01/2016

Oakmonter sentenced in manslaughter case

Oakmont resident Gayle Diane Gray, 77, was sentenced June 21 to a term of seven years and four months in state prison for running over two Oakmont residents, killing one of them.

Gray had pled no contest to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. On Jan. 20, she was driving out of the Oakmont Market parking lot when she struck 85-year-old Jackie Simon, and 91-year-old Josephine Ross. Simon died from her injuries, and Ross was seriously injured.

After hitting the two women, Gray’s car continued traveling across Oakmont Drive, going over the center median and hitting a chain link fence.

She remained in her vehicle until law enforcement arrived. Her blood alcohol content was 0.052% more than three hours after the accident, and she had various prescription medications in her system. Gray had two prior misdemeanor convictions for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in 1994 and 2003.

The sentencing option ranged from a possible grant of probation to up to nine years eight months in state prison. Her seven year four month sentence will be served in state prison and she is required to serve 85 percent of that sentence before she will be eligible for parole. She was also ordered to pay over $300,000 in restitution, most of which stems from outstanding medical expenses for Ross.

“This was a terrible event that could have easily been avoided,” said District Attorney Jill Ravitch. “Instead, a selfish choice to drive while intoxicated ended in tragedy.”