Suspect in fatal drunk-driving accident pleads guilty

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. - A man accused of being intoxicated when he crashed into a teenage driver last May pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday morning.

On May 6, Steven Landrum, 23, was driving westbound through the intersection of Ray and Rural roads when he struck a vehicle driven by Cody Bishop, 18.

Bishop was rushed to the hospital, but two days later was taken off life support and died the next day.

Bishop was a senior at Corona del Sol High School.

At the time of the accident, Chandler police found Landrum to be under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit when he was behind the wheel around 10 p.m. on the evening of the accident.

A few days after the accident, Sloan Zuniga, Bishop’s girlfriend, told 3TV, “Everyone should see drinking and driving is horrible. This is what happens when people make stupid decisions."

Landrum's sentencing is set for March 3.