Bismarck man gets 5 years for DUI in accident that killed Danville woman

Bismarck man gets 5 years for DUI in accident that killed Danville woman

DANVILLE — A Bismarck man has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with an October drunken-driving accident that killed a Danville woman.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey sentenced David D. Winkler Jr., 60, on Monday after he pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence-fatality, a Class 2 felony.

Felony charges of possession of a weapon and not having a valid FOID card were dismissed.

State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said Winkler must serve 85 percent of his sentence. He was credited with already having served 149 days behind bars.

The accident, which killed 53-year-old Heather K. Roberts of Danville, occurred at 5:48 p.m., Oct. 20, 2017, at 2413 N. Bowman Ave., located north of Winter Avenue and south of Liberty Lane.

According to the Vermilion County sheriff's department, Winkler was driving a pickup truck north on Bowman Avenue, when he crossed the center line and struck a Toyota SUV that was heading south.

Ms. Roberts was trapped inside her vehicle and later pronounced dead at the scene.

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