NEW PORT RICHEY — A 59-year-old man was convicted of DUI manslaughter Wednesday after a three-day trial.
David Wilson Smith, of New Port Richey, was driving a red Dodge Viper on the afternoon of Dec. 10, 2010, on U.S. 19 south of Avery Road. His car collided with Myrtle Knowles Sigmon, 72, of Hudson, who lost control of her car and spun into oncoming traffic, where she slammed into another car and died on the scene. Tests showed Smith's blood-alcohol level was 0.10. Florida law presumes impairment at 0.08.
According to Assistant State Attorney Vin Petty, a jury deliberated for two hours and returned the guilty verdict. Smith faces up to 15 years in prison, with a minimum mandatory sentence of four years. He will be sentenced July 25.