SEATTLE -- It’s almost the final chapter in a sad family tragedy. A Sammamish woman accused of killing her family members after plowing through her home with her SUV pleaded guilty on Thursday.
She originally pleaded not guilty to the May 16, 2014, crash.
Carol Fedigan also admitted to what police had accused her of -- being impaired by a dangerous mix of alcohol and Ambien, a powerful sedative, when she drove her SUV through her waterfront home and into Lake Sammamish.
When her SUV plowed through the house, the vehicle hit and killed husband, David Walker, and her son-in-law, Sean Berry.
Fedigan`s daughter, Megan Berry, suffered serious injuries to her face and body.
Megan sat behind her mother in court as Fedigan accepted responsibility for the May 2014 tragedy.
Prosecutors say Fedigan decided to move her SUV into the driveway after a night of drinking. She put her 3-year-old grandchild on her lap, then lost control of the SUV. The SUV crashed through the home and past the patio, some stairs, a deck and a fence before plunging into the lake.
Amazingly, the grandchild and Fedigan survived without serious injuries.
“I really feel like she needs to have some jail time for all of this,” Walker’s sister, Betty Halley, said.
Halley says her brother tried to get Fedigan alcohol treatment for years.
“I think Dave was afraid of her because of how violent she would get."
Fedigan pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault. She also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors -- DUI and reckless endangerment.
Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that she be sentenced to six years in prison.
Although Halley is relieved Fedigan pleaded guilty on Thursday, she still wants an apology.
“She never had no remorse ever, she’s never said I am sorry to anyone, not his children, not his siblings,” Halley said.
We tried to get a comment from Fedigan as she left the courthouse but she turned her face as her attorney declined to comment.
But Fedigan`s friend did have something to say.
“We are here because we love her. She is a really good person. She is suffering, she is heartbroken, she lost her husband,” friend Connie Aramaki said.
A sentencing date has yet to be determined.