LARGO — A Palm Harbor woman accused of killing her friend in a drunken driving accident last March pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter Wednesday.
Nicole Marina Scholl's sentencing is scheduled for April 15. She faces up to 12 years in prison.
According to Clearwater police, Scholl, 32, was drinking at a bar before the accident that killed 22-year-old Anthony Steven Campaign of Clearwater.
"We're just really praying that justice prevails when it comes to her being sentenced, that she's removed from society long enough so that nobody else gets hurt," said Campaign's mother, Jodi Daeder.
Scholl was driving a 1996 Plymouth minivan near 23902 U.S. 19 just before 2 a.m. March 12 while Campaign hung out the window because he was feeling sick, police said.
Scholl, who lived at 450 19th St. in Palm Harbor at the time of the accident, lost control of the vehicle and hit a power pole, ejecting Campaign, who was not wearing a seat belt. Campaign suffered severe head injuries and died instantly, police said. He left behind a young daughter.
Scholl, who was out of jail on bail on drug charges at the time of the crash, was uninjured. She has been held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail since her arrest.
She has a history of driving offenses, including speeding, failure to observe a safety zone and driving with an expired tag. Her driver's license was suspended in 2007 and 2009 for failure to pay traffic tickets, but it was valid at the time of the accident, according to her state driving record.
She was arrested on a charge of DUI in Pasco County in February 2009, but the charge was later dropped, court documents show.
"Time and time again, repeatedly, she's shown she does not learn," said Daeder, 44, of Amityville, N.Y.
Sadly, Daeder said, Scholl will be sentenced the day before what would have been Campaign's 24th birthday.
"He was a great kid," Daeder said. "It was just senseless."