Former Monticello Resident Pleads Guilty to DWI DeathSeptember 28th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
On September, 13, 2010, a 32 year old Benton resident, formerly of Monticello, had just brought his wife and 4 day old daughter home from the hospital. Around 3 pm, that day, he left home to get his 18 month old son from daycare.
At 3: 15 pm on Interstate 30 with his infant son in his 2009 GMC pickup, Brian Keith McDaniel crashed into the rear of a 1998 GMC pickup, driven by Neil Melton, age 75, near the Saline County line. Melton’s vehicle then hit guard rail, rolled over, and was crushed. Efforts to revive Melton failed, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
McDaniel’s blood sample registered at .24, three times the legal limit.
The electronic data recorder in McDaniel’s truck showed he was traveling at 98 mph at the time of the crash.
He pled guilty at Friday’s sentencing hearing and received 10 years for negligent homocide. He will also serve 6 year (to run concurrent) for endangering the welfare of his minor son, who was also injured in the crash.
McDaniel also pled guilty to another DWI on January 5, 2011, in Saline County.