RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man whose blood-alcohol level was more
than three times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way on
U.S. Interstate 80 was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday
for a head-on crash that nearly killed the woman driving the other
Washoe District Judge Brent Adams also ordered John Berryman,
40, to pay a $2,000 fine. He'll be eligible for parole in two
Berryman collided with a car driven by Lisa Fuimaono-McDonald,
28, a professional hula dancer from Fernley, last Nov. 1 near
The mother of two was rendered comatose for about a month and
spent two months in intensive care. One-third of her skull was
removed, her hip and forearm fractured, her ankle crushed and her
fingers injured so badly she narrowly avoided amputation. Doctors
said she almost died twice in the hospital.
She told the judge Wednesday she didn't want Berrymans two
children to suffer without him if he was sent to prison, and wanted
him to thrive in his job. But she also said she wasn't confident he
would refrain from further drinking and driving.
"I do forgive you," Fuimaono-McDonald told Berryman. "Thank
God I am alive. I do forgive you, but I just wont ever forget."
Deputy District Attorney Roy Stralla described Berryman as a
bolt of lightening that struck Fuimaono-McDonald that November
"There are no winners here," Stralla said. "This is tragedy
at its worst. This case is why drunken driving is the biggest
threat to everyone."
Berryman said he made a horrible mistake, and was sick when he
drove drunk that night and hit Fuimaono-McDonald. He asked if he
could be her friend, and said he would help her in any way.
"I deserve to be punished for what happened," said the father
of two daughters, 14 and 6.