Mother Sentenced 14 Years for Fatal DUI Incident

A mother from El Campo, who caused the death of her one-year-old son in a fatal drunk driving incident in 2023, will be spending the next 14 years in prison. Ashley Nicole Olguin, who was 26 at the time, did not speak during her March hearing before Judge Randy Clapp of Wharton County’s 329th District Court, where she pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault, resulting in serious bodily harm.

According to District Attorney Dawn Allison, Olguin displayed no remorse for her actions. She reportedly lost control of her vehicle while driving home on the evening of April 22, 2023, crashing her car and causing it to roll over. Her son, Ace Elias Reyes, was thrown from the vehicle and died on the spot. He was not secured in a car seat at the time of the incident.

Her other children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash – her three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. Neither were in car seats, which resulted in her son suffering severe injuries. Her daughter, however, had been secured in a car seat but sustained injuries nonetheless.

Allison believes Olguin’s case should serve as a sobering reminder of the tragic outcomes of drunk driving. Prior to agreeing to a plea deal, Olguin faced a potential sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment. The plea agreement, according to Allison, is appropriate given the circumstances, which saves judicial resources and prevents Olguin from appealing the decision.

Following her initial arrest on May 2, 2023, her bond was revoked twice before her trial, increasing from $300,000 to $1.3 million due to repeated drinking, which was a violation of her bail conditions. Currently, Olguin is being held in the Wharton County Jail awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Corrections, with her sentence reduced by 41 days due to time already served.

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