Commonwealth v. Mary-Ann Lee; Drunk Driver Severely Injures Motorcyclist; Sentenced to Max of 5 Years

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Mary-Ann Lee, 60 years old, formerly of the 2300 block of Waterpump Circle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Maiming– Victim Permanently Impaired from DUI.  Judge Lewis sentenced Lee to five (5) years in prison, which is the maximum punishment for this charge. This sentence was significantly higher than the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines' recommendation, which called for a sentence no greater than two (2) years and one (1) month. 

Lee was found guilty of this charge after a trial on May 21, 2018. The Commonwealth's evidence proved that at approximately 3:45 p.m. on July 28, 2017, Mary-Ann Lee drove intoxicated and caused a serious accident on Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.  As she proceeded through the intersection at Mathews Green Road and Princess Anne Road, a motorcycle was traveling southbound on Princess Anne Road.  The motorcyclist had the right of way.  As Lee pulled out onto Princess Anne Road, the motorcyclist struck her passenger side door and was thrown from his motorcycle.   

When police and rescue arrived on scene, they transported the victim to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Ultimately he remained hospitalized at several different facilities around the country for over five (5) months after the crash.  He suffered numerous injuries, such as severe traumatic brain injury, diffuse axonal injury, internal bleeding, spinal fractures, lacerations to several internal organs, a punctured lung, rib fractures, and more.  Earlier that day, he had been accepted into the Virginia Beach Police Department Training Academy but was unable to follow through with it due to the injuries he sustained in the crash. 

Lee had an odor of alcohol about her person and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.  Her blood was drawn at the hospital. Forensic testing and analysis showed that her blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was approximately .24 which is three (3) times over the legal limit.  She admitted to drinking alcohol since 8:00 a.m. on the day of the crash. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Janeé D. Joslin prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.