Hanahan woman charged in deadly drunk driving accident pleads guilty

Hanahan woman charged in deadly drunk driving accident pleads guilty
Published: May. 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 26-year-old Hanahan woman charged in a deadly drunk driving accident that killed a 35-year-old man has pleaded guilty.

On Tuesday, Lisa Victoria Pistolis pleaded guilty to felony DUI. Pistolis was given a six year sentence, but a judge suspended it to four years and eight months.

Attorney Drew Carrol said Pistolis was given credit for 81 days she served in Charleston County. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 35-year-old Serjei Matias Cahuantzi from Charleston died from the 2013 accident.

On the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2013, officers responded to the area of eastbound Mark Clark and the Dorchester Road overpass for a vehicle accident involving injuries and ejections.

A police report states that Pistolis was driving a Mustang on I-526 when the vehicle drifted off the roadway and into the median.

Investigators say when Pistolis attempted to get the Mustang back on the roadway, she collided with a Jeep which Cahuantzi was driving. Both vehicles then spun out of control.

The Jeep then flipped several times.

Officers say when they arrived at the scene, they found Cahuantzi dead on the ground in front of the Jeep.

Pistolis and a passenger in the Jeep were transported to MUSC. Authorities say at the time of the incident Pistolis was awaiting trial for another DUI arrest.

Cahuantzi worked as a bartender at Joe Pasta in downtown Charleston.

Last year, Jody Wright, a close friend of Cahuantzi, spoke about Cahuantzi and said ,"We've lost a very close friend. I think it was senseless."

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