Driver Sentenced in Car Crash that Resulted in Lost Limbs
A Paramount man who was behind the wheel of a BMW that crashed into two men standing in front of a parked car outside a Los Angeles strip club, causing them to lose limbs, was sentenced Wednesday to five years and four months in state prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Bork imposed the term on Terrence Conrad Meeks, 40, who pleaded no contest June 12 to a drunken driving charge.
Meeks drove into the two men, who were pinned against a parked Mini-Cooper, after leaving a strip club at Olympic Boulevard and McGarry Street early March 10, according to police.
One of the men had both legs severed below the knee, and the second man had to have his right leg amputated after it was crushed.
One of the victims, Sal Wilson, who now uses a wheelchair, said during the hearing that he suffers “from the dreams of the white car coming at me, but in this dream I wake up before it hits me.”
“I suffer from the anxiety of not being able to sleep. I have to have help to go to the bathroom,” he said. “I can’t even take care of myself. I had a great job, a great career, before this happened.”
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