Woman with eight prior OVIs indicted accused of killing woman in crash

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A woman with eight prior drunk driving convictions is accused of causing a deadly crash while driving drunk.

Heather Lynn Tapia, 47, was indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide after a July 14 crash that killed 39-year-old Audrey Gartin.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Tapia turned in front of oncoming traffic at the intersection of Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue. Another car hit the passenger side of her vehicle, injuring Gartin. Gartin was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

“This woman had only been out of prison for several months from her last OVI conviction, and was currently under a five-year suspension of her driver’s license, without even limited driving privileges, yet she made the decision once again to drive while intoxicated,” said O’Brien.

Tapia is also facing charges of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol with a repeat OVI offender specification.

Tapia’s BAC level was 0.138 grams at the time of the crash, according to the prosecutor.

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