A Texas man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail in the death of a woman he struck while driving drunk, authorities said.
Emily Javadi was packing up her car after finishing a workout at Cole Park in February 2015 when a BMW rear-ended her vehicle, sending her flying forward into a metal pole, officials said.
The 34-year-old violinist was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the BMW, 23-year-old Travis Elwell, had a blood alcohol level of 0.175, more than twice the legal limit, The Dallas Morning News reported.
He was also speeding when he crashed into Javadi’s car, authorities said.
Elwell was convicted of intoxicated manslaughter and will serve 120 days in jail, a court coordinator told WFAA-TV.
After serving out his sentence, Elwell will be on probation for 10 years, during which time he will not be permitted to drink, must use a breathalyzer to start his vehicle and will take between five and six breathalyzer tests per day, the news station reported.
He is also required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and speak at support groups for people charged with drunken driving.
Elwell is also required to spend a week in jail every year on the anniversary of Javadi’s death, the Morning News wrote.
Javadi’s mother, Emily Javadi, told the newspaper she was satisfied with Elwell’s jail sentence and probation terms, saying the latter keeps his punishment from becoming too lenient.
“I hope he turns his life around and becomes a better person,” she said.
Javadi was remembered as a vibrant and creative, as well as passionate and positive, never letting “a bad day keep her from engaging her cherished family and friends and her beloved city of Dallas,” loved ones wrote.
She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2003 and worked as a supply chain analyst at the Baylor Health Care System, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Javadi’s legacy and memory has been kept alive through a foundation established in her name.
The Emily Javadi Foundation was “formed to brighten the community she loved so much and to support others in their pursuit of better health, physical fitness, entrepreneurial endeavors and artistic potential."
Organizations that have benefited from the Foundation include Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Healthy Zone; the University of North Texas; Junior Players; Open Classical and I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy.