Driver sentenced in Tucson dui / hitandrun / switcheroo fatality

I’m collecting this here mostly for completeness; this is the case involving the death of motorized bicyclist, Craig Lewis, 47.  The perp is Samantha Baldwin, 23. Lewis was struck from behind while riding on the shoulder along W. Ajo Highway near Soledad Ave around 1 a.m. on May 19, 2012. Thanks to tucsonvelo.com for their coverage

http://www.bicycletucson.com/news/woman-receives-4-5-years-in-prison-for-fatal-dui-that-killed-cyclist/16236
http://www.bicycletucson.com/news/cyclist-killed-in-crash-on-ajo-highway-driver-and-passenger-arrested/13317

As noted before; motorized bicyclists are counted as DRIVERS for statistical purposes (I’m not exactly sure why, but that’s how it is).

Pima County Superior court documents are apparently unavailable online, so I don’t know any of the details on sentencing other than 4.5 years prison and 5 years probation. It seems likely this is going to be another example of “suspended” sentencing for the hit-and-run portion. Sound pretty light to me.

The location is outside of Tucson city limits; DPS investigated, and PCSO located the suspects soon after the crash.

Oh, and another thing, according to azstarnet.com blurb “She had one prior DUI conviction in 2008 in Minnesota, according to court documents. Baldwin was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez”. So Judge Chon-Lopez might be a little bit light on the sentencing.


Archived copy of Woman receives 4.5 years in prison for fatal DUI that killed cyclist:

Woman receives 4.5 years in prison for fatal DUI that killed cyclist
Posted by Michael McKisson on Apr 25, 2013 in | 3 comments

A 23-year-old woman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and five years probation for a fatal DUI crash that killed a motorized cyclist last year.

Samantha Baldwin, 23, and a passenger switched places after the crash and fled the scene. They were both arrested several miles from the crash site.

The crash occurred around 1 a.m. on May 19, 2012 on Ajo Highway near Soledad Avenue.

The victim, Craig Lewis, 47, was riding his motorized bike home from his job in Oro Valley.

Karen Clark, the victim’s sister, posted several comments about the sentencing on the original story we published when the crash occurred.

Clark said the prosecutor accepted a plea deal shortly before the trial was supposed to start. She said she believed Baldwin would get 6 years of the possible 12 and was shocked she actually received 4 1/2 years.

“It is a sham of a legal system we have. But it is done,” Clark wrote. “It is said that Arizona has the toughest DUI punishments.We still fall way short.”

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  1. case CR20122156 is available at
    http://www.agave.cosc.pima.gov/PublicDocs/

    Some documents are available when searching by name.

    SAMANTHA HANNAH BALDWIN 1 13-1103.A1 MANSL-RECKLESS-94 F2 F2 4/22/2013 Guilty
    2 28-661A HIT AND RUN W/DEATH/INJURY F2 4/22/2013 Court Dismissed
    3 28-1381.A1 DUI/COMBO M1 M1 4/22/2013 Guilty
    4 28-1381.A2 DUI/BAC .08 M1 M1 4/22/2013 Court Dismissed
    5 28-1382A1 EXTREME DUI-BAC.15 OR MORE M1 4/22/2013 Court Dismissed
    JULIANA MICHELLE GUZMAN 2 28-661A HIT AND RUN W/DEATH/INJURY F2 5/1/2013 Court Dismissed
    6 28-1383A1 Aggravated Dui Lic Susp/Rev For Dui F4 5/1/2013 Guilty
    7 28-1383.08 AGG DUI .08/MORE-2 PRIORS F4 F4 5/1/2013 Court Dismissed
    8 13-2512 HINDERING PROSECUTION 1ST DEG F5 5/1/2013 Guilty

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