On January 18, 2017, Chelsea Fuller, 30, was sentenced to the Utah State Prison for an indeterminate term of 0-5 years for the death of 4-month-old, Brylee McClellan.
Chelsea Fuller pleaded guilty to Automobile Homicide and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, both third degree felonies.
During the early morning hours of August 4, 2016, Ms. Fuller was driving Susanne McClellan and her infant daughter, Brylee, home to Lookout Pointe Apartments in Provo, Utah. Ms. Fuller had been drinking alcohol and had also taken a combination of prescription medications. Ms. McClellan sat in the back seat on the passenger side of Ms. Fuller's blue Honda Pilot and held Brylee in her arms. At approximately 820 N. Oakmont Lane, Ms. Fuller went off the road, crashed into a tree, and the vehicle came to rest on the driver's side, with all three occupants injured inside.
Four-month-old Brylee McClellan was transported via Life Flight from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to Primary Children's Medical Center where she died at 8:44 a.m. from massive head, neck and spinal cord trauma, and broken bones in her skull, neck, and ribs.
Ms. Fuller acknowledged to Provo police officers that she was the driver and admitted that she was unsure if she blacked out or took the turn too sharp. Ms. Fuller's blood alcohol content was a .233 based on a later Intoxylizer test - almost three times the legal limit.
At the time of the incident, Ms. Fuller had two previous convictions, one for Impaired Driving and one for Driving with Measurable Controlled Substance.
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