Accused wrong-way driver offered plea deal

Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 20:35:17-05

A Valley mother whose son was killed in a wrong-way crash says she only wants one thing from the woman accused of killing him.

"I just want her to admit that she did this," Christina Ruquet said. "She killed two beautiful people."

Ruquet's son Michael Ruquet was killed, along with his finance, while driving on Loop 202.

Prosecutors say Patricia Murphy was high on prescription drugs and alcohol when she caused the crash.

"She had no business being behind that car," Ruquet said. "She didn't just kill two people she destroyed the lives of so many."

State prosecutors offered Murphy a plea deal during a settlement conference on Friday.

Murphy is facing two charges of second degree murder and seven charges of endangerment. If convicted, she could be spending between 10 and 50 years behind bars. 

A plea deal offered by the state would have given Murphy 10 years, but she choose not to immediately accept it at Friday's court conference. She has until March 11 to decide.