Fatal taxi crash case goes to Denver jury
DENVER – A Denver jury began deliberations Tuesday in the case of a woman accused of driving drunk and killing two Connecticut librarians who were on their way to the airport after a convention.
Attorneys delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the vehicular homicide trial of 41-year-old Sandra Jacobson.
Prosecutors said Jacobson had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after the January 2009 crash that killed 71-year-old Kate McClelland and 54-year-old Kathleen Krasniewicz, both of Riverside, Conn.
Jacobson’s defense attorneys said she drank after the crash – a mixture of Vitamin Water and banana schnapps she called a “road pop” – and she said she kept driving after the accident because she didn’t realize she had hit the taxi.
“You have been presented with two different worlds,” prosecutor Darryl Shockley said during closing arguments Tuesday. “The first is reality. The second is Sandra Jacobson’s world.”
Jacobson had also told investigators that she had a “NyQuil addiction” and her attorney said that the cold medicine she had taken before and after the crash may have affected her sobriety tests.
Jacobson, who previously testified in her defense, told jurors again Tuesday that she had not been drinking before the accident.
“I wasn’t drinking earlier in the day whatsoever,” she said.
McClelland and Krasniewicz were headed to Denver International Airport after a librarians’ conference when police said Jacobson’s pickup sideswiped their taxi, which went off the road and rolled.
Prosecutors told jurors at the beginning of the trial that she didn’t show remorse after the crash when she learned of the librarians’ deaths.
Police said Jacobson was driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident. Her defense attorneys tried to blame the taxi driver for the crash, and said that McClelland and Krasniewicz were ejected from the vehicle because they were not wearing a seat belt.
Jacobson faces two counts of vehicular homicide and four other charges.