Betty J. Warren never saw him coming.
A drunken driver in a Cadillac DeVille raced down Saddle Creek Road.
His blood-alcohol content: .146, well above the .08 legal limit.
His speed: 98 mph, well above the posted 35 mph limit.
His sentence: 20 years in prison. The maximum.
Douglas County District Judge Russell Derr imposed the sentence Tuesday on Raysean Barber, 24, for the Feb. 3 crash that killed Warren, 60.
Betty Warren was on her way home about 12:30 a.m. after her shift at a nursing home.
She was traveling north on Saddle Creek Road near Pierce Street when Barber, who was southbound, hit a curb, crossed into the northbound lanes and careened into Warren’s 2007 Chevy Aveo.
Warren’s family remembered her for her caring ways. She had just gotten off the phone with a son, telling him to be ready for church the next morning.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said he hopes the sentence sends a message. Kleine said he couldn’t imagine “Mrs. Warren’s horror” at seeing headlights blasting toward her.
“Mrs. Warren never had a chance,” Kleine said. “Somebody going that fast — and obviously drunk. Now her family has to deal with this tragedy, all because of some totally senseless act of the defendant.”