Drunk driver who hit woman on I-105 gets 12 years in prison

The five-vehicle crash closed I-105 for many hours in January 2019.

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 4:14 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2020 4:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The drunk driver who hit and killed a woman on Interstate 105 in January 2019 has been sentenced.

Marc McPhail of Springfield, who was 55 at the time, will serve 12 years and four months in prison. He has also had his driver's license suspended for life.

RELATED: DRIVER ARRESTED IN FIVE-VEHICLE CRASH THAT SHUT DOWN I-105

Police said McPhail was speeding in a red Chevrolet Impala on 7th Avenue before merging onto I-105 eastbound and hitting another car. A total of five cars were involved in the crash.

McPhail ran from the scene, crossing the westbound lanes and going into a nearby neighborhood. He was found at Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

Patsy Roberts died due to injuries she sustained in the crash. A second person was taken to the hospital with injuries as well. 

McPhail will serve 10 years for manslaughter. 

Other charges McPhail was sentenced on include failure to perform the duties of a driver, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and second-degree criminal mischief. These sentences will be served concurrently with the manslaughter charge.

McPhail was also sentenced to an additional two years and four months in prison for third-degree assault (DUII). For this charge alone, alternatives to the prison time are available.

I-105 was shut down for several hours due to the crash.

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