Woman Who Crashed After Botox Injection and Killed Area Teacher Sentenced

Posted: September 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A Tennesee woman was sentenced to three years in jail with all time suspended and three years unsupervised probation this morning after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a July 2012 car crash that killed local sixth-grade teacher Amber Lucchiani.

Leslie Wylie, 31, of Knoxville, appeared in Winchester Circuit Court with her attorney, Roger Inger, and made the plea as part of an agreement with the city Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

A charge of reckless driving in the case was dismissed as part of the agreement.

The agreement also states that she may not attend any medical or dental appointment without another person present.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Alexander R. Iden said at the hearing that Wylie was in the area last summer for a horse show when she decided to get Botox.

Botox cosmetic treatments are nonsurgical procedures that involve injections of botulinum toxins into the face to smooth out wrinkle lines. They also can be used to treat migraine headaches, abnormal sweating, uncontrollable blinking and a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions.

According to her medical records, Wylie has a known condition that makes her have an adverse reaction to needles and pass out, Iden said.

She allegedly told investigators that she was thinking about the needles used in the Botox procedure that she had just undergone as she was driving away from the doctor’s office, which caused her to pass out, Iden said.

The crash occurred at about 10:30 a.m. July 12 when Wylie crossed the grassy median on Jubal Early Drive as she headed east in a 2004 Ford pickup truck — striking Lucchiani’s 2008 Nissan minivan, which was traveling in the opposite direction.

Lucchiani, 38 — who taught at Robert E. Aylor Middle School and had been with Frederick County Public Schools intermittently for 11 years — was pronounced dead at the scene. Her children, ages 3 and 5, along with Wylie, were taken to Winchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Iden said the crash was preventable if Wylie either had someone with her at the procedure, told the doctor about her medical condition or opted out of the procedure altogether.

Tracy Frankwick, 43, of Chantilly, Lucchiani’s sister, testified at the hearing before Wylie was sentenced.

“I can’t even remember a time not having my little sister,” she said, shaking. “My family is shattered.”

“Please don’t ever do this again.”

For more information about the hearing and Lucchiani’s family reaction, read Wednesday’s Winchester Star.

 — Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com