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Woman sentenced to 11 years in Spring Break drunk driving crash

April 17, 2019

A Sugarland woman admitted to driving drunk during Spring Break 2017 into a crowd of people, killing 19-year-old Selina Patino, a college student from Los Fresnos.

Daisy Joy Decker, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a charge of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, to a count of accident involving injury, to a count of accident involving serious bodily injury and intoxicated assault with a vehicle causing bodily injury.

After emotional testimony from Patino’s mother, her friends, victims in the accident and from Decker and her parents, 445th state District Judge Gloria Rincones sentenced Decker to 11 years in prison and ordered her taken into custody.

“I know that there is nothing I can say to make it right. I hate myself,” Decker said, while sobbing. “I hear these things about how she was such a good person and it kills me because I never meant to hurt anyone.”

Decker killed Patino on March 17, 2017, on the 4200 block of Gulf Boulevard, when just before 1 a.m., Decker, who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, swerved into a bike lane into a group of people, killing Patino and sending others to the hospital with serious injuries.

In exchange for her guilty plea, the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop charges of manslaughter, two counts of accident involving injury, one count of accident involving serious bodily injury and a count of accident involving death.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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9:15 p.m.

A Sugarland woman charged with driving drunk into a crowd of seven people, killing one, during Spring Break 2017 on South Padre Island may agree to a plea deal Wednesday morning.

Daisy Joy Decker appeared in 445th state District Court last week with her defense attorney, Ernesto Gamez, and asked for a brief continuation to announce whether they were ready for trial because Gamez and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office are working on a possible plea deal, Gamez said during that hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Rodriguez confirmed to 445th state District Judge Gloria Rincones that the DA’s Office is working with Gamez on a possible plea deal.

Decker is charged with manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and accident involving death for the March 17, 2017, early morning death of 19-year-old Maria Selena Patino, of Los Fresnos. A Cameron County grand jury also indicted her on three counts of accident involving injury, two counts of accident causing serious bodily injury and intoxicated assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury.

She has pleaded not guilty to all of those charges.

The accident happened at approximately 1 a.m. and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office alleges that Decker was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she swerved into a bike lane where six people were walking.

Rincones has set a trial date for April 22.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com