Teacher in fatal DUI case requests drivers license back

Meredith Williams-Earle

September 17, 2013 3:07:37 PM PDT
A local teacher charged with killing a man while driving drunk returned to court today with a bold request for the judge.

Teacher and mother Meredith Williams Earle waived the long list of charges against her including homicide by vehicle and DUI for death of 72-year-old Winston Staats.

Then her attorney made a bold request: To give the suspect her license back.

Police say the morning of August 6th, Williams Earle ran a stop sign on Spring Mill Road in Lower Merion while driving drunk and on prescription medicine. Police say she had a cup of alcohol in her car. Her 1-year-old son was in the backseat and was injured during the crash.

Staats was killed almost immediately; emergency workers found him partially-ejected and pinned by the flower delivery truck he was driving.

In district court today, Patricia Young, the mother of Staats' son, was there on behalf of 20-year-old Jonathon. The couple's son enlisted in the Army this spring and couldn't be there today. He saw his father only days before his death during a ceremony at Boot Camp.