Court documents: Accused driver had BAC of .26 at time of fatal accident

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An Indianapolis woman accused of causing an accident that killed a taxi cab driver had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time of the crash, court documents reveal.

Whitney Gettys, 23, faces one count of operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .15 or greater, causing death and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death.
The two-car accident happened just after 3:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Police believe Gettys ran a red light, causing the accident at Delaware and Washington Streets. She hit the driver’s side door of the cab, court documents said.

Semere Issac died as a result of the accident. His cab was not carrying any passengers at the time.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Gettys told police she had one shot of alcohol around 8 p.m.

Indiana has a legal limit of .08.

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  • Guest

    Wow, look at all the jealous comments. Your just jealous cause at least she had a job, a car and money and didn't sit at home at her mommy's and post negative comments about every news story out there. Wow, what an impressive life you must have. Evidently you don't believe in God because then you know that he is the only one that has the right to judge and is the only one that is without sin. Unlike humans. We all make mistakes and we will have to answer to God.So now go ahead and post something stupid, crazy, immature, ridiculous, negative comment about what I posted. Because I am sure that you have nothing better to do with your life. Oh and by the way, you might want to get your mom to proofread what you are posting. Jus saying. Signed, Moore Laughing

    • BigPeen

      If you killed someone like this B did, you don't answer to God, you go the other direction. Of course, the B will be judged, here on Earth, and she'll likely go to prison for several years. Afterward, she'll find herself unable to find a job, unable to buy a car, and flat broke. Ironically, she'll probably sit at home at her mommy's at that point.

    • Steven Hinkle

      The only one who has the right to judge? Tell that to her JUDGE when he sentences her for killing this man. I bet he's the one laughing then. =P

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      Shaddup fool!

      You must be a drunkkard like the friend/family member you are defending.

      Your time would be better spent putting some cash in her commissary and helping to devise a plan for when she eventually gets out of jail and has no driver's license or auto insurance.

  • Anonymous

    Wow “Moore Laughing” this is such a laughing matter isn’t it? Everybody is so jealous of this woman who is now in prison and is going to be in prison for a long time and who isn’t going to have any kind of future when she gets out! Man I wish I could have THAT life and let’s add that she going to have to live with the fact that she KILLED a man for the rest of her pathetic life! You said we all must not believe in God for judging? What the heck are you doing? So YOU must not believe in God either huh? Because you’re judging too! And by the way, she no longer has a car, she no longer has a JOB, which means she no longer has MONEY! We’re all so jealous! Pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Nope she’s not sitting at home posting negative comments on the Internet. The USED to go out and get hammered and then get behind the wheel and drive home! But now she’s just sitting in prison…what a life! In so jealous!

    • Wayne

      Perhaps you should check your spelling before being hateful. This girl made a terrible mistake, and she will have to face the consequences. That said, you can't judge her life based on media portrayal of one night. From someone that lost a family member to drunk driving (victim) on this very night a few years ago, condolences to the family of both parties.

  • Bev

    So sad. This is a waste of two lives and has forever hurt many others. I can not believe the insensitive remarks from people. I agree that she will have to pay for what she did, but really people are you so perfect or all your friends or family so perfect that this could not or would not ever happen to them? What if this was your sister, daughter, cousin? She made a terrible mistake, of which she will pay for the rest of her life and unfortunately she ended someone elses life.:((

  • Mel

    what this young woman did was make a terrible mistake. she did not go out that night intending to kill someone. yes, i do believe she should be punished for that horrible decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, thus ending a life, but as someone else stated, we are not in a position to judge this young woman. do you think that all of the nasty rude comments you're making is helping her or helping the deceased man's family? of course not. they're simply mean and judgemental. i don't condone this woman's actions AT ALL but i feel confident that this is a life changing event for her and she will come out of this a completely different person…and hopefully that woman will think twice before getting into a vehicle drunk again.

    • Annie

      exactly!!! I couldn't agree more! So many of us have gone out to have a "good time" and unfortunately this woman made a bad decision that will now ruin her life. But how many of us here haven't made bad decisions?! Obviously I feel awful for the cabby's family – but I also feel bad for this woman.
      Everyone else here needs to stop throwing stones…

  • cjmo

    B-b-b-but… her friend said she's SO responsible! Wow, nothing says responsible like a BAC of .26, which is more than 3 times the limit, in case her friend can't do the math!

  • Mini nomen est

    I wonder if she's easy?

    "Gettys told police she had one shot of alcohol"

    Just how big was that shot?

  • guest

    I’m calling BS on most of you here. If that man was your son, brother, father, husband, would you be so forgiving then? I’m not buying it. She made a choice to drive drunk. 3x the legal limit!!! She’ll get off with a slap on the wrist because of her ”sad past” and having the fairer skin of the two won’t hurt.

    Also, no everyone doesn’t drink and drive. That’s not a given. If you do, then we’ll probably be discussing you soon.

    • guest

      Definitely a smart choice, I’m going to have her back too. I think if I can stay behind her she won’t be able to murder me too.
      Good thinking.

  • anonymous

    We all can learn a lesson here, don’t let anyone drive after consuming alcohol. I wonder how the people feel that let her drive away drunk. Sad that a mann lost his life. God has a plan for us all. I hope Whitney keeps her head up and realizes god kept jer alive for a reason and she still has a life ahead of her after she faces her punishment

  • Brit

    .26. Wow. And to lie to police as well. Awesome person. Ps. It’s 2013. People judge 24/7. Get out of here with all that feeling sorry for her crap. We’re so jealous? Rrrrrrrrrrighhhhhht!!!

    Why not charged with vehicular MANSLAUGHTER? Why not charged for lying to a police officer? Seems like someone who is so ignorant as this girl would be given the max. Bet she’s living with mom in 5 years after they slap her hand and send her on her way.

  • MeatPlow

    Sad situation, one dead, one ruined.
    To everyone posting:
    It could have been you. You either dodged a bullet, drove drunk and got away with it, or drove with a drunk and made it home.
    I seriously doubt you're as angelic as you think you are

    • MisC

      And you are a moron– some of us have better things to do then get drunk! Or better yet get drunk the drive somewhere– or with someone who is drunk— Some of us have something called morals– look it up~

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    I'd hit it.

    We know she's a drunk so get her a little liquor and the undies would come right off!

    But then again, she has a murder under her belt. Not exactly my type.

  • Steve

    Bars need to be held more accountable for over serving people. At .26 you don't think responsibly and therefore someone else should have never let her get into her car. People have to plan ahead… if you want to drink that much… have a ride lined up ahead of time…. if you are driving… plan on NOT drinking!!

  • hihigghhb

    Wow, looks like her parents did a good job deleting her digital footprint. From what I can see drinking was a favorite hobby of this murderer.

    Will the prosecution have any way to retrieve that info? Please tell me yes!!

  • local citizen

    There are so many judgmental comments about this woman, but realistically the vast majority of people commenting on this page have, at some point in their life, gotten behind the wheel after a night out at the bars. She took a risk like most of you and ended up in this unfortunate accident. It could happen to anyone. Even if she had 1 or 2 drinks and under the legal limit, she would still be tried the same because there was a fatality involved. It is plain stupid to get behind the wheel at all after 2 drinks, but many feel the risk is necessary to not have to pay the $20 for the cab home. Sadly, that decision leads from a $20 investment to $5,000 fees and a DUI on their permanent record. I do not feel sorry for her because of her poor decision, just simply stating the fact that it is all a game of chance. There's a saying "It's only cheating if you get caught." This woman got caught and ruined her life to avoid paying for that cab ride home and took the life of an innocent person in the process. That, in my opinion, is worse than her punishment.

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