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Driver Who Killed Plum Woman Sentenced to Jail

Christine Beilstein of Plum was killed in May after a car accident in Penn Hills.

A Point Breeze man has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to several charges stemming from a May 12, 2012, car accident in Penn Hills that killed a Plum woman and injured her young son.

Duane Woodson, 51, is facing 5 to 10 years in prison, according to court documents. In October, he pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence with a suspended license, driving with a suspended license, two counts of accidents involving death, two counts of accidents involving death while not being properly licensed, three counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and four traffic violations.

Christine Beilstein, 45, of Plum Borough was pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on collision on Milltown Road in Penn Hills—very close to the Plum border. Her young son, Justin, who was 9 at the time of the accident and is a fourth-grader at Regency Park Elementary, has continued to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. 

Woodson, who also had been charged with a number of drug, traffic and disorderly conduct violations in the county since 2004, is accused of driving his tow truck over the center line. He has been in jail since the day of the accident.

Last October, the Plum Borough Education Association held a fundraiser for the Beilstein family. Anyone interested in donating to the Beilstein Children Memorial Fund can do so at their local S&T Bank.

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SHARI January 04, 2013 at 12:53 AM
This really sickens me because this person should never get out of jail!!!!!! hetook a life and severely injured another because he was driving on a suspended license since 94, was drinking and driving and fled scene of accident .... R.I.P. Christine and get well soon Justin !!!!!!!!!
lisa January 04, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Lisa What get's me even with all of those charges and the severity of the crime 5 to 10 really so what does it take to get life in prison oh drug trafficking not murder!! Backwards completely Justin has to go the rest of his life with his mother his wonderful wonderful mother it's not fair that Justin has to pay a life sentence for someone else's crime when they r not even paying with a life sentence??????
Michele January 04, 2013 at 03:57 AM
When Allegheny County allows one of their own criminal judges to remain on the bench after his own DUI.....this shows me they don't take the crime serious at all. Mr. Woodson got a slap on the wrist....disgusting.
Debbie Solko January 04, 2013 at 07:42 AM
What a sad statement about our society ~ human life has been devalued. The laws need to change! This crime did not receive the deserved punishment, my sister did not get justice, and my sweet nephew will continue to suffer the consequences long after this criminal walks out of jail. Reprehensible ...
sharon kaluzny January 04, 2013 at 05:14 PM
So sad. Really. We need to go back to an eye.for an eye. Maybe if the criminals know they will be punished to the max aybe we would not have all the craziness out there. Again really
Angela Occhipinti January 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Wow! Now that's sending a message! What a joke our judicial system is. This poor woman's family has to live with this agony for the rest of their lives while this piece of crap will most likely be out in 5 years driving again and enjoying his pathetic useless life. I hope someone "GETS HIM" when he gets out of jail. Eye for an eye!
Bob Flajnik January 05, 2013 at 01:14 AM
As a classmate and friend of Christine, I am saddened that this murderer received only a minimal amount of jail time. This is what happens to people who murder other people? The person who did this hopefully will rot in jail and never make it out to see the light of day. I only hope that the family and friends of Christine and Justin can somehow move on with their lives and find peace sometime. God is watching over her now, and that is the only way anyone who knows her can have any sense of peace. Bob
Cindy Booher January 05, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I hope the judge on this case has trouble sleeping after giving this sentence. How on earth can you possibly think that you did the right thing here? I grew up with this family and Chistine was a wonderful person, I hope to God you never have to go through anything like this poor family is going through. Justice? What Justice???? Guess you don't have to worry about doing anything wrong in this world since we have people in place that just don't care.
Sue counahan January 06, 2013 at 01:10 AM
This judge had the opportunity and responsibility to give Christine, Justin, and all of their loved ones justice. At the end of the day, he HAS to know he has failed miserably in his job, but worse off, has failed as a human being. God has put him in a position to make a difference in bettering this crazy world full of criminals we live in, and he obviously is unable to fulfill his position as a judge. I am sure in 5 years when this criminal gets out, he will go on to ruin someone else's world. Hate to sound mean, but the only way this judge will know how he has let Chrisitnes family down is if he feels the loss and pain they feel when this man takes someone he loves life. We all know that no amount of life sentences can equal what Chrisitnes life was worth and Justins quality of life, but he was given a chance to do justice and decided not to. Its really no Wonder people continue to drink and drive with minimal sentences like this. Why should the criminal take this action serious when the judge obviously has made the statement that he thinks drinking driving and killing is worth a slap on the wrist. Shame on you judge. As far as the family goes , I would like to tell you all I am sorry and I love you all. Prayers will continue for you all , and Justin. Love you always Chrisitne. Justice will be served on the other side .
Denise Siefers January 08, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Debbie I am so sorry this was such and injustice to Christine and Justin and Jake too!! That man took a life and injured a sweet young man!!! I miss them everyday!!! she was a very dear friend of mine that is truly missed everyday!!! My prayers go out to you Patty and Johnny and Your Mom and Dad!!!! I hope this man and Judge live everyday knowing that murderer will walk the streets again and possibly do the same thing again!!!! I hope he gets what he deserves in Jail!!!! Denise

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