SAN ANTONIO - A couple whose daughter was run down and killed by a drunk driver back in 2009 is devastated to have waited this long for a trial they have learned will never happen.
The charges for the driver, 27-year-old Chad William Schreiber, have been reduced from intoxication manslaughter to driving while intoxicated. A plea agreement was reached in the case on Friday when Schreiber pleaded no contest to the DWI misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum sentence of six months jail time. He is scheduled to be sentenced in 30 days.
John and Lupe Presas lost their daughter, 24-year-old Pamela Presas, when she was riding her motorcycle home and was struck and killed by a truck along Babcock Road near the Medical Center.
“From the beginning we were prepared,” explained the Presas. “We were hoping for the best, but we were prepared if he was found not guilty.”
Pamela's parents said it would have been hard to hear back then that he was just going to walk. But at least they would have known what to expect. Instead, she and her husband are in shock that the charges have been lessened after all this time.
“They (police) knew that night of the investigation that they put in their report that they didn't think the accident was caused because he was drunk. Why didn't they tell us that from the beginning?”
Prosecutors would have needed to prove that alcohol was the cause for a manslaughter conviction.