[UPDATE] Sentencing Handed Down in Fatal DUI Traffic Crash on Shamrock North

By: Eyewitness News/ Amy Long Email
By: Eyewitness News/ Amy Long Email

[UPDATE] 2-8 11:19pm

Nearly 50 people packed courtroom 3D at the Leon County court house to speak at Danielle Barzykin's sentencing Tuesday 2/8.
Barzykin was charged with DUI Manslaughter, accused of causing the crash that killed 66-year-old Douglas Outlaw in April of last year.

Danielle Barzykin spoke to her family and the family and friends of the man she killed one last time before hearing her prison sentence."I wish it were me that died that day and not Mr. Outlaw.", "There is not one day I don't think about what I did and hurt. Life is so precious and I did not realize it until that day."

Barzykin entered a no contest plea in court on Tuesday. That voided her opportunity to have a trial by jury, leaving all decisions up to the judge.

The Honorable Jackie Fulford spent almost an hour deciding to sentence Barzykin to 13 years in prison.

Douglas Outlaw's wife of 42 years says on April 13, 2010, her husband left around 4 pm to go to the library.. a short while after she heard sirens and thought nothing of it. "That tragedy occurred about a half a mile from my home and I would be reminded every time I go in that direction I lost my husband. I still take a longer route to avoid that street corner." says Ann Outlaw.

Barzykin's attorney and parents say she suffered from anxiety and paranoia and when she didn't get the help she needed, she spiraled out of control. "She went nuts" says Barzykin's mother.

John Kenny, Barzykin's Attorney says, "I feel like I got to the judge and the victims family, but no matter how much you can implore upon the court or others when you're dealing with mental health- you have to measure it against the loss of a life and how do you measure that in years? It's impossible."

Authorities say Barzykin's Blood Alcohol level was well over .3 when she took Outlaw's life.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell says, "She knew that she couldn't drink on her medications. She knew that she couldn't drive after that, yet she did those things. She can drink herself into the grave if she wants to in her home, but when you get behind a wheel- you owe a duty to everyone else on that street "

Barzykin's sister called in to testify via phone- and Barzykin's husband spoke as well.

Barzykin has served 303 days in the Leon County Jail and told the courtroom in a letter she is sorry to her mom and she is sorry to her son who will have to grow up without a mother.

[UPDATE] 2-8 5:25 pm

Danielle Barzykin is sentenced to 13 years for her role in an accident in Tallahassee on April 13, 2010 that left one man dead.


[UPDATE] 2-8 4:46pm

A woman accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence and fatally injuring an elderly man appears in court to be sentenced.

Nearly 50 people, including the victim's family, packed the courtroom to speak at Danielle Barzykin's sentencing.

Barzykin is charged with DUI Manslaughter, accused of causing the crash that killed 66-year-old Douglas Outlaw in April of last year.

The sentencing got underway at 3 this afternoon, and Barzykin pleaded no contest to the charge against her.

Outlaw's wife and three adult children did speak in court today. Barzykin's sister called in to testify via phone- and at last word, her Barzykin's husband had just gotten up to speak.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest on this story.


[UPDATE] 2-8 3PM --

The trial begins for a woman involved in an accident in Tallahassee on April 13, 2010 that left one man dead.

The sentencing for Danielle Barzykin started at 3PM. The courtroom is pack with victim Douglas Outlaw's family, around 50 people total. Many people are expected to speak during the sentencing. One of Barzykin's family members is supposed to testify via phone call from out of town.

Eyewitness News has a reporter in court. Stay with WCTV for details.


Updated 10:47a.m 4-14


The following information was provided by the Tallahassee Police Department:

On 04/13/2010, Officers from the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Shamrock North and Roscrea Dr. Upon arrival the officers determined that the driver of the not at fault vehicle (Douglas Outlaw) had life threatening injuries. Outlaw was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital were he was pronounced deceased.

The traffic crash investigation revealed that the defendant (Danielle Barzykin) was traveling behind Outlaw on Shamrock North. The defendant's vehicle left the road traveling on the sidewalk for approximately 100ft. Outlaw was attempting to make a left turn onto Roscrea Dr from Shamrock North. The front of the defendant's vehicle struck the drivers door of the victim's car while he was turning onto Roscrea Dr.

While on scene contact was made with several witnesses to the crash. Witness Carnett stated he was walking north on the sidewalk (on the west side of Shamrock). Carnett observed the defendant's vehicle traveling northbound on Shamrock at a high rate of speed. Barzykin's vehicle went into the opposing lane, then off the west side of the road striking a mailbox. The defendant's vehicle then returned to the road and continued northbound in the opposing lane. As Barzykin's vehicle reached Roscrea Dr, it struck Outlaw's vehicle which was making a left (west) turn on to Roscrea Dr. Two other witnesses on scene reported the same of Barzykin's vehicle.


While on scene Tallahassee Fireman Ashcroft arrived on scene on TFD Engine 7. It appeared that the victim needed medical attention more than Barzykin. Once LCEMS arrived, Ashcroft went to assist Barzykin. Ashcroft asked the defendant if she was okay. Barzykin responded and he quoted "I'm too fucking drunk to be hurt" then said she wished she was dead, "please kill me", and "I want to die." Ashcroft was not close enough to smell alcohol but stated D1's (Barzykin) speech was slurred.

I (Tallahassee Police Officer) responded to TMH where I made contact with Barzykin. She was very vocal the entire time stating that she wanted to die and that she was drunk. Barzykin had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and person as I was trying to talk to her and find out who she was. Barzykin was very belligerent and kept telling the doctor that she wanted to die and she didn't care about anything. The doctors, nurses and I all had to repeat ourselves several times while talking to Barzykin. She would still continue to ask the same questions. I (Tallahassee Police Officer) informed Barzykin that she had been involved in a very bad car crash and that she needed to calm down so the doctors could make sure she was ok. She would again yell that she didn't care and that she wanted to die. Due to the severity of the crash, her obvious signs of impairment and and statements made by her, Barzykin was asked to give a voluntary blood sample. She stated that she would give a blood sample. While the nurse was attempting to get the blood sample, Barzykin stated 'The only thing you are going to find in my blood is a lot of alcohol and that I'm a loser'. She then would continuously state that she was an alcoholic because her life sucked. She said that she just can't stop drinking and she didn't know why.

I (Tallahassee Police Officer) stayed with Barzykin while she was at the hospital. The entire time that she was there, she had slurred, confused speech and she continuously stated that she wanted to die.

While typing this affidavit, the nurse came in to see how she was doing and told Barzykin that she had a very high BAC. Barzykin asked how high and the nurse told her that it was well over a .3. Barzykin stated to the nurse that that was a low BAC and that her normal BAC is well over a .4.
Updated 8:30a.m 4-14

Tallahassee Police say the woman who caused a deadly crash in Killearn Tuesday was drunk behind the wheel.

Danielle K Barzykin has been charged with DUI Manslaughter in the death of 66-year-old Douglas G. Outlaw.

Arrest papers said she told emergency personnel on scene that she was to drunk to be hurt and told a nurse at the hospital later that the only thing she would find in her blood was alcohol.
8:20p.m. 4-13

Press Release from Tallahassee Police Department

Two vehicles were involved, both are believed to have been traveling north at the time of the crash. The first vehicle was a 2007 blue 4 door Honda Accord, driven by 35 year old, Danielle K Barzykin.

The second vehicle was a 2006 silver 4 door Nissan Sentra, driven by 66 year old, Douglas G. Outlaw. The initial investigation indicates that Outlaw was traveling north on Shamrock North, attempting to turn left (west) on to Roscrea Drive.

It appears Barzykin was also traveling north on Shamrock North, following Outlaw. Barzykin apparently attempted to pass Outlaw, striking Outlaw's vehicle at the driver side door.

Both Outlaw and Barzykin were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for injuries. Outlaw succumbed to the injuries received during the crash. Barzykin's injuries are not life threatening.

Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor and charges may be pending against Barzykin.

Press Release from TPD

The Tallahassee Police Department is on scene of a traffic crash at the intersection of Shamrock North and Roscrea Drive.

The crash involves two vehicles, each containing one occupant (driver). The drivers are injured, possibly serious injury.

The cause is not known and our Traffic Homicide Unit is on scene conducting an investigation.

The road is closed and will remain closed for at least 2 hours.

Motorist are urged to seek alternative routes until the roadway is clear.

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  • by Sad story on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    A bipolar woman who jumps off a tall building, lands on and kills someone, but survives, should be sent to a mental institution. Her body is a weapon, so she is charged with murder. The saddest part is, she is still unstable, so she will find a bridge to jump from in prison, and the State and Mr. Jack Campbell himself will be liable. It's cheaper and safer to the public to lock her up in a mental institution, but it did not happen. Lack of understanding of mental illness and plain dumb.
  • by anonymous Location: Tennessee on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    This is so sad. The mental health system failed horribly! she only drank because of her hopelessness and crying for help. Her family stood by her at all times! Lets hope she will find help where she is giong
  • by So sad Location: Colorado on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:39 PM
    To: Posted by: Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 01:51 PM Your sweeping generalizations and complete lack of understanding of mental **illness** make you look ridiculous. This girl was haunted for her life; thank God she will be tucked away for a long time, unable to hurt anyone else. I am so, so sorry for the Outlaw family. I know your grief - my cousin was killed by a drunk driver. That person was a habitual drug user/ seller with 4 prior DWI arrests including an accident resulting in a double leg amputation 2 years prior to killing my cousin. She got 7 years, she has to serve half of that. I hope the streets of Ohio are ready; she will be out in 2013. I also hope that the prison system has a good rehabilitation program for these folks who will be back out among us...
  • by So sad Location: Colorado on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:29 PM
    I have known Danielle since she was 11 years old. She has struggled with mania, paranoia and bipolar disorder and has been medicated for 2/3 of her life. Her family supported her and made the difficult decisions to have her institutionalized on several occasions, and docs refused to force her to stay (against the family's wishes - take note). You cannot force a legal adult to take their medication you cannot force hospitalization of a person without a doctor's orders. I have watched her family suffer terribly for years due to her wasting mental condition and doctor's continued releases. For those of you wagging your fingers at her family, STOP IT. In the land of the FREE, you cannot forcibly institutionalize an adult because you *think* that they may do harm to themselves or someone else.
  • by day Location: home on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    jerry, where do you get off pointing your finger at woman for talking on a cell phone and driving. what does talking on the phone have to do with this tragic car wreck? you obviously have a grudge against women. well at least women can multi-task more than i can say for any man i know. you are so wrong !!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Dr. , Where was her family at the time of the accident. It sounds like her family left her alone long enough for her to get drunk and drive. My grown son is autistic, lives with us, and does not drive. I know that if left alone long enough (more than an hour or so) he could get in trouble and possibly hurt someone who does not understand his illness. We also do not have alcohol available to him, nor do we put him in situations where he feels uncomfortable. We do these things because we love him, and because if we do not, no one else will. Her family and friends let her down, and now they are blaming the illness instead of themselves.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    jmolly, Who cares, we don't live in Africa, and aren't required to keep their laws. Besides there are many countries in Africa.
  • by Serena Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Sure, mental illness is a terrible thing and people suffering from it are not always treated appropriately. But having said that, DUI and mental illness do not go hand in hand. This woman drank until she was drunk as a skunk and got in a car and killed someone. Whether or not she was mentally ill is not relevant. She certainly knew what she was doing - she managed to find the car, start it etc. Drunk drivers kill way too many people, and at least we'll be safe from this one for hopefully close to 13 years.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    And again, quit defending someone who drove drunk and killed an innocent person, you aren't related to her, you don't know that "her mental illness played a part that night"-you are just blindly defending her. Maybe she was just a careless drunk? I know you can't imagine that, only that she was somehow a victim(pukes). She should not spend her time in a hospital, she should spend her time in prison like any other drunk that kills someone drinking/driving.
  • by Dr. on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Again, my point made. Nobody is denying that she drank or killed someone. A horrible crime was committed and time must be served. Agreed. BUT what her family was fighting for was instead of incarciration in prison, she be placed in an institution to serve out her time. That is it. Her mental illness played a SIGNIFICANT part that day that this all happened. My Turn makes a great point below. Take a read.
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