Caitlin Dixson was so impaired, she didn’t realize she was driving the wrong way on a highway. It was the early morning hours of August 9, 2013 on Highway 40. Two off-duty police officers, also on the road, watched as Dixson slammed head-on into another driver near the Jefferson Avenue intersection.
Both cars caught fire. The officers immediately stopped and tried to rescue the drivers. But they could only pull Dixson from the flames. The other driver died from his injuries.
At the hospital, first responders took Dixson’s blood and learned she had a blood alcohol content of .222%, nearly three times the legal limit.
“But for the defendant’s reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of others, and her decision to drive while severely intoxicated, this event would not have happened,” wrote Assistant Circuit Attorney Martin Minnigerode in court documents.
After Dixson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, ACA Minnigerode recommended Dixson serve 10 years in prison. A judge has now sentenced her to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.