A Wylie man, Christopher Chensky, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter, according to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.
Christopher Chensky, 50, entered his plea before a Collin County jury, who heard evidence related to punishment and determined his sentence. Chensky had faced up to 20 years in prison. Jurors also imposed a fine of $10,000.
Prosecutors say Chensky was headed from Wylie to what was then his home in Grand Prairie in the early morning hours of July 1, 2009. He was intoxicated on prescription pills, became lost and ended up northbound on Central Expressway, prosecutors say. Near the Parker Road exit in Plano, he failed to brake and crashed into the rear of a moving car. That car spun sideways and slammed into a steel support beam along U.S. Highway 75.
Chensky’s car veered into the parking lot of Zenna’s Bar and Grill, where it smashed into two other unoccupied vehicles and stopped against a telephone pole.
The driver of the other car suffered a severe head injury and never regained the ability to walk or talk. She died 18 months after the crash due to her injuries.
During the punishment phase of the trial, jurors learned that Chensky had been convicted of DWI in Tarrant County in January 2009. He had also been involved in four other crashes.
Dallas Morning News Staff writer Valerie Wigglesworth
March 4, 2015