Drugged driver gets 5 years for crash that devastated victim

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A drugged driver who seriously injured a man in a head-on crash has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

The Bulletin reports that Richard Rose wept as he begged his victim for forgiveness during his sentencing Wednesday in Bend. But in jailhouse recordings that were played in court for the judge, he laughed at that man, Terry Neil.

Rose pleaded guilty earlier this month to driving under the influence and assault. In August 2016, he caused by the collision by crossing a double-yellow centerline on U.S. Highway 97 near the High Desert Museum.

Neil broke nearly every major bone below his neck. Since the wreck, he’s suffered kidney failure and strokes. He also lost his sight.

“My life ended that day,” Neil told the court. “It’s just taking me a long time to die. I guess I’m too stubborn to give up.”