Lexington woman who hit, killed man while driving intoxicated sentenced to jail

Lexington woman who hit, killed man while driving intoxicated sentenced to jail

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - A woman convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and causing a deadly crash received her sentence.

Lauren Dangerfield, 33, of Lexington, was arrested back on July 13, 2018, right after the wreck. In December 2020, she pleaded guilty to felony DUI involving death.

Thursday, a judge sentenced her to 12 years in jail without parole. The charge carried a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Brian Orazen, 45, died when Dangerfield swerved across the center line and hit his car head on.
Brian Orazen, 45, died when Dangerfield swerved across the center line and hit his car head on. (Source: Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard)

The man killed by Dangerfield was 45-year-old Brian Orazen.

His widow spoke in court during Dangerfield’s sentencing. She said she has not had one moment of peace since her husband was killed.

Orazen was driving to work on Nazareth Road in Red Bank when Dangerfield swerved into his lane, hitting him head on and killing him. Witnesses later told police she had swerved into oncoming traffic several times before hitting Orazen.

At the time, Dangerfield told a trooper she took drugs the night before the crash. A blood test later determined she had meth, cocaine and three benzodiazepines in her system.

“Dangerfield made a decision to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs, which ultimately robbed Stacy Orazen of her husband, her best friend, and of her opportunity to begin a family here in Lexington,” the prosecutor, Eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Todd Wagoner, said.

Dangerfield will serve her time in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

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