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Drunk Driver in Car Crash That Killed Florissant Man to be Sentenced

Patrick Walsh was was driving about 100 mph in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado and had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed into a Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 270, near West Florissant Road, in 2011.

Patrick Walsh, the drunk driver responsible for a car crash that killed a Florissant man in September 2011, will be sentenced in a St. Louis County courtroom this morning. 

Walsh, according to reports, was was driving a truck about 100 mph and had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed into a Chevy Tahoe that Steve Brueggen, of Florissant, was riding in on Interstate 270, near West Florissant Road. 

The Tahoe flipped over several times, ejecting Brueggen and another man, Michael R. McLemore, 37, of O’Fallon, from the truck. Both were killed.

Brueggen was a well-liked teacher in Maryland Heights.

Walsh and the other occupants in the Tahoe had minor injuries.

Walsh was charged, and later pleaded guilty, to two counts of manslaughter while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent or greater and five counts of assault.

Mike S February 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Hopefully the kid gets the max for this senseless act.
Mike S February 13, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Sentencing was continued till April 3rd, and some of this guys buddies were threatening the family of Mr Steven Brueggen if anyone is interested.
Franrolwings February 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Please let's recall the recordings the courtroom picked up from their microphones of Brueggen's family member instigating the arguments. A Young man (one of this 'guys' "buddies") was being generous and giving up his seat for a lady who happened to be of the victims party. A family member of Brueggen, told this man that he better move so this lady could have his seat. This young man told her to shut her mouth, for the fact he had not said or done anything to this woman. Then. this woman said, "Your friend killed my brother." Off topic this comment was but, its understood that she is still trying to find a way to forgive and move past this incident. This horrible situation is not wished upon anyone. Then the same Woman of Bruggens Family SPOKE OUT LOUD, so everyone could hear her when exiting the courtroom that all of the defendants family and friends were "loser and pathetic." Why? Because, Patrick Walsh is human and has family and friends too. This entire accident has impacted not only the victims family/friends/students/everyone that has been touch by Brueggen, but, Walsh's whole life and everyone in it as well. After this the Brueggen family/friends CHASED the defendants friends down the stairwell after two young boys. The defendants party is the one making threats and in the wrong?
Franrolwings February 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
And, to add to this "little ass" comment, why don't you check the background on the others from the other car. They aren't so clean themselves. TWO DWI's and exceeding the speed limits. Going 40 mph over limits, this could have happen to anyone! This accident was not premeditated, it was an accident. Patrick Walsh is not happy to see a court room full of family and friends, because, he knows why they are all there. He also isn't happy that he has brought another whole family together because of the action he's chose. Patrick Walsh knows what he has done, he is shameful and regrets that night. It's pathetic to see people like you all behaving and forgetting why you all are here. People's lives were taken, and the only lesson that can be taught to the defendant is on his own. With or without serving a full sentence Patrick Walsh will learn a lesson because he wants too. If you honestly believe that its only the defendants side that has done all wrong, you're wrong. Obviously, you all have a lot to learn from this. In fact, everyone has something to learn from this, Patrick Walsh has many wonderful family and friends just as these other two victims have. Just because people are they are there in support of Patrick Walsh doesn't make them a less of a person as anyone else. Everyone is here to learn a lesson and find closure. If you all were not in that court room that day, then you wouldn't know the story first hand.
Hopefaith February 16, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Very well said Fran. It's a very emotional event/time for everyone involved. I know others who have lost someone in this same scenario before and through their grief and healing refuse(d) to allow bitterness, anger, and attacks on others surround or be the forefront of their loved one's memory or instigate the deaths and punishments be in vein. You are right...any one could be in either of these families/people's position. Just because someone gets away with a DUI or excessive speeding without it costing someone's life doesn't make it right. This is where the boundaries of learning something from even hearing about these tragedies are lost by many and instead makes them feel it gives them the right to judge. You can bet that anyone judging or attacking a defendant like in this case have driven when they shouldn't have. We've all probably done both at some point. From what I understand of this case, it was a double whammy for some who know the defendant and the one's that lost their lives or members of their family. Many people that attended this most recent proceeding could've be there in support of all involved. Apparently some may not be realizing that and are causing an unnecessary divide and creating enemies instead by assuming they are there for only the support of one side. It's sad all the way around and there is never any closure to these horrific things. You can only pray that they learn these things before it's their loved one sitting in the defendants chair.
Nick Papa G February 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Give the max. Sentence
Nick Papa G February 17, 2013 at 01:03 AM
You know! Leave the victims family alone. I've had a personal confrontation some of these asses,that's all they are.Always looking for trouble. Your Buddy got drunk,drove,and killed 2 people. Now he pays the price.
Nick Papa G February 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I might just have to be there for this next round!
Hopefaith February 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM
MADD for Life: Being very familiar with the organization myself, you don't fit the "Mission Statement" with your name calling or the other changes in "behavior" it seems. See below...It states: "The mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving." It is opposed to the criminal act of drunk driving, NOT INDIVIDUALS. MADD also updated its mission statement to “Mothers Against Drunk Driving provides grassroots leadership to create major social change in the attitude and behavior of Americans toward drunk driving."
Hopefaith February 17, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Do we know for sure what the time frame was that the other driver was tested, or if they even were?. A few people that seen the sight of the accident stated empty beer cans/bottles were all over the scene from the other car. We all have to everything we can to protect ourselves from other's poor decisions. Designated drivers and seat belts are 2 that are very important. Prayers for all involved.
Nick Papa G February 17, 2013 at 02:08 AM
A friend of mine was in the other car,someone's wife was a designated driver! So what's your point Hopefaith!
Hopefaith February 17, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Actually there was no "point" Papa. But what part didn't you understand? I'm not being confrontational but you do know they weren't married right? I've known people in both of these positions. I wish to be in neither of them or have any of my kids in neither. But I have tried to put myself in the position of both cars and the families of each. Let me ask you..if your kid or loved one is ever a driver that had that "one for the road", etc. and happened to be a factor in the death of someone, would you give up on them? Would you no longer love them? Support them? Are you saying that this could NEVER happen to you or anyone you love? Like I stated in a previous message that was apparently deleted for whatever reason. Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers have a "mission" to bring awareness and education against impaired drivers and "change the mentality thereof, etc". They are opposed to the crime...NOT the PERSON. My "point" there is that it does no good to add to the stress of this situation (like what your remark that is tinged with a threatening tone of "I'll have to be there next time"). It only makes you part of the problem..not the solution. Be there for the right reasons. Believe in your justice system. The families that lost their loved one's in this sad tragedy don't need any more reasons to be surrounded by anger. And being a victim sure doesn't give anyone the right to be verbally attacking everyone else - no matter who is supporting who.
Sweet Girl February 18, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Sweet Girl Yes, Mr. Walsh did drink, drive and two lives were loss and there should be punishment. However, not to speak ill of those that have passed, let us not forget the trouble Michael McLemore had been in with drinking and driving. Let us all hope that our children, as they grow up and go through their teenage years where they know no fear and do not fully realize the consequence of their actions, find themselves behind the wheel while having been drinking and cause a horrific accident. Then our families (victims) and I am supportive of the victims, will be sitting on the other side and know the pain the defendent and his family are going through also. Having to live with the fact that you took two lives because you were out having fun would have to be horrible to live with. Unfortutately, good people do bad things.

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