Sisters Charlette Lange, Denise Mosier, and Connie Lupton were heading back to Richmond after attending an annual retreat in Bristow when their car was hit by a drunk driver. The accident took place around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning when a Subaru swerved into a guardrail then veered into the oncoming lane and collided with the Toyota.
One Sister was killed instantly as the other two were critically injured. The 71-year-old Sister Lange had to undergo months of medical therapy in the hospital as a result of her brain injury. Her memory and hearing have significantly diminished, and her curly hair has now turned straight. Sister Lange sustained serious injuries in the wreck. Her thumb is now severed, and her vertebrae are now held in place with pins that resembled a railroad track. Both surviving Sisters have forgiven the man responsible and felt that he shouldn’t have been punished as severely as he was by the court.
The man responsible was identified as 24-year-old Carlos A. Martinelly Montano. A judge sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of felony murder and other offenses. Carlos was initially from Bolivia, who had two prior DUI convictions, had a deportation hearing before the crash occurred.
It is tragic the Sisters had to experience such an horrific event where their fellow sister’s life had been lost. It is important to be aware of other drivers and always report suspicious driving to the police. If you or a loved one have been affected by a DUI accident in any way, contact our dedicated Richmond DUI attorney right away. An attorney can protect the rights of family members or yourself.