Heather Elizabeth Azkoul was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the death of Virginia Cordier, a mother of 5 children. In January of 2007, Azkoul got drunk with a friend at Alcatraz Brewing Co. at the Block in Orange and then drove home. On the way home, she hit a bicyclist and sped away. She was found later crying in her car with a blood alcohol level of .18. She was convicted of DUI manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated with prior convictions, including two past DUI charges. She was also found guilty of hit and run resulting in permanent injury or death.
At trial, one of the children of Cordier discussed that her father killed himself soon after her mother was killed. Azkoul did not intend to kill anyone that night and just wanted to get home. Unfortunately, she did kill someone and she will likely have to spend the rest of her life in prison thinking about her terrible decision to drive that night.
Whether you live in Fullerton, Laguna Niguel or Westminster, if you are charged with a DUI, you will need an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and lowering your sentence.
If you have any questions about driving under the influence, manslaughter, or about your own charges, please call Orange County defense attorney William Weinberg, at 949.474.8009 (Irvine office) or 714.834.1400 (Orange office).