Driver who left friend 'internally decapitated' in Lincoln Park crash gets max sentence

Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 20:53:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A woman who got into a car accident and left her friend "internally decapitated" in the backseat will spend about the next four years in prison. 

Around 5 a.m. May 27, Deneen Grear lost control of her car on 47th Street in Lincoln Park, crashing into two parked cars.

Her passenger, Robert Autman, 79, was internally decapitated in the accident and is now in a vegetative state. Instead of getting help, Grear left the scene and was arrested about four days later.

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On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon sentenced Grear to a maximum four years in prison, with credit for time served. 

"Every time my phone rings, I think it's the hospital, and someone said, 'your dad just passed,'" Roz Autman, Robert Autman's son, said in a victim impact statement in court. "Ms. Grear changed my life and the rest of my family's life."

Prosecutors say Grear was using drugs around the time of the accident, and that she'd been incarcerated 29 times since 2009. Grear cried as Autman delivered his impact statement, and as Judge Shamoon handed down the sentence. 

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"Once you got into that collision where there's chaos everywhere, destruction everywhere, blood everywhere, instead of staying and helping your friend, you leave," Shamoon said to Grear before delivering her sentence. 

Roz Autman said he didn't know Grear before this incident and did not know why his father was in her car.

He said the maximum four years was fair but should have been more.

Police say Robert Autman was not wearing a seatbelt during the accident.