2005-03-04 / Community

Woman Sentenced In Drunk Driving Kill

Patricia Pauling could spend up to seven years in prison.
Patricia Pauling could spend up to seven years in prison. A Far Rockaway woman has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for reckless manslaughter in the death of an off-duty NYPD traffic agent in Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Tuesday.

Patricia Pauling, 55, of 2206 Cornaga Avenue pleaded guilty on January 20 to manslaughter in the second degree and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol before Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Grosso, who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of two and one-third years to seven years in prison.

“The defendant admitted her guilt and now will be punished for her criminal recklessness which caused the tragic death of a young man who had his entire life before him. This is another unfortunate reminder of the deadly effects of drinking and driving,” said Brown.

Pauling admitted that on December 27, 2003, while under the influence of alcohol, she recklessly caused the death of German Acosta-Disla, 33, who was a New York City Police Department traffic agent. The victim was standing in front of the Aduwa Pharmacy at 114-32 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, when he was fatally struck bythe defendant.

Pauling, who struck two vehicles before striking and killing the victim, was apprehended at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated because her blood alcohol level was .223 percent, almost triple the legal limit of .08 percent. She was subsequently charged with manslaughter when the victim died three days after the incident.

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