Kirkwood Woman Killed Cyclist in Drunken Driving Crash Sentenced 3 Years

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In Clayton County, a Kirkwood woman was sentenced to three years in prison after a plea was reached with prosecutors to the drunken-driving crash where she killed a bicyclist in University City last year.

On February 3, 2012 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Emily Hagan, age 31, had been drinking with a blood alcohol content that was more than three times the legal limit when she rear-ended and killed bicyclist, Samuel Scott, as he was riding home from a Dewey’s Pizza shop where he worked as a cook.

Samuel Scott, age 19, was only a block from his home when he was struck by Hagan’s Honda Civic on the 7500 block of Delmar Boulevard about 11:20 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and died the next afternoon.

Samuel Scott had worked for about six months at the Dewey’s Pizza at 559 North and South Road in University City.

Emily Hagan had a blood alcohol content of 0.262, according to a breath test taken by University City Police. The Missouri Law states that the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Missouri is 0.08.

Emily Hagan was charged two months later with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The plea deal Friday, before St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Mark Seigel, erased the latter charge and reduced the involuntary manslaughter charge from a Class B to a Class C felony. The sentencing range on a Class B felony is five to fifteen years, versus up to seven years for a Class C.

Emily Hagan will be eligible for parole after serving about one year of her prison time.