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Man gets two eight-year sentences for fatal drunk-driving collision

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Amber V. Roussel (Photo: facebook.com) Amber V. Roussel (Photo: facebook.com)
Derek Wesley McBride in court 3/18/2013 Derek Wesley McBride in court 3/18/2013
BEAUMONT -

A man who police say caused a collision that killed a Louisiana woman last summer entered into a plea deal Monday morning in exchange for two concurrent eight-year sentences.

Derek Wesley McBride, 25, of Bronson, Texas, was sentenced before Criminal District Judge John Stevens.

Amber Roussel was traveling with her husband July 30, 2012 when they were involved in an accident prosecutors say was caused by McBride.  She died from her injuries.

Officers say McBride was drunk when he crashed into a divider on Interstate 10 near MLK.  Witnesses say a westbound vehicle hit McBride's truck causing the bumper to fly off.  The bumper hit Roussel's vehicle.

Roussel's husband was also injured in the accident.  The couple was traveling from the Baton Rouge Area to Houston.

This collision involved a total of eight vehicles.  No other injuries were reported.

McBride was charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

During Monday's court hearing McBride apologized for causing the accident.

"I'm very sorry for what happened.  I can't take it back.  All I can do is ask for forgiveness.  I'm very sorry," said McBride.

Members of Roussel's family gave victim's impact statements.

"You can't imagine what you took from us.  My children are everything to me.  You took that away from me," said Roussel's mother.

"We were like a triangle.  Now, one part of the triangle is missing.  What are we supposed to do now?," said Roussel's sister.

"Amber would have forgiven you.  She loved everybody.  I have a hole in my heart," said Roussel's father.

 Roussel's husband, Ryan, who was in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash says he tried everything he could to save her.

"I was screaming at the top of my lungs the entire time for somebody to come help. I was screaming at the top of my lungs for her to wake up. I told her 'How am I going to live without you. I need you. How are the kids going to live without you," he says.

Roussel says he sings "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to his children every night before bed. He says he's now the provider and nourisher and that he's doing duties that a mother should be doing. Roussel says Amber missed their 4-year-olds first day of school by two weeks and that it's hard to imagine that she'll miss all of their milestones. 

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