Myrtle Beach woman denied lesser charge in fatal crash
Donna Sheedy, 61, was convicted of felony driving under the influence in the death of a motorcyclist last year. She was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Her request for a reduction in sentence on account of her age has been denied by an Horry County judge.
Sheedy was driving under the influence on May 15, 2009 when she struck and killed Kenneth Temple, 47, of Centereach, NY. Temple was visiting the Myrtle Beach area for the Harley-Davidson Bike Week.
Sheedy was driving in the eastbound lane of 544 and crossed the center line into westbound traffic, striking Temple, his nephew who was also on a motorcycle and a pick-up truck.
Sheedy's BAC was 0.27 at the time of the accident. The legal limit is .08. She also had a prior conviction for DUI in 2007.