FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The son of the chief deputy of the St. Lucia County Sheriff’s Office accepted a plea deal Thursday for his role in a fatal accident that killed a 32-year-old mother last year.

Ryan Hester, 20, changed his plea to guilty of impaired driving manslaughter and homicide while driving a vehicle and was sentenced to four years in prison as he is a young offender with no criminal history .

Hester will get credit for time served and, once released, will be on probation. In addition, his driver’s license will be permanently revoked.

The state emphasized Thursday that Hester will live out his life as a criminal, losing some rights, like voting.

Authorities said Hester, then 19, drove drunk after consuming more than a dozen mimosas at On The Edge Bar & Grill in Fort Pierce on February 7, 2021, which was the Sunday of Super Bowl.

Hester then caused a head-on crash on Indian River Drive that killed Claudia Trewyn Bradley. According to his arrest report, Hester was driving about 70 mph on the 35 mph highway at the time of the accident and had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.13.


A 32-year-old woman was killed in this head-on crash on Indian River Drive on February 7, 2021

Bradley’s family spoke fondly Thursday of the loss of their family. The young woman was adopted by them as a teenager from Guatemala and was the first in her biological family to graduate from college.

The judge noted the “mercy” offered to Hester by the Trewyns in accepting the plea deal.

Claudia Trewyn Bradley, 32, killed in Indian River Drive crash on Super Bowl Sunday 2021

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Claudia Trewyn, 32, was killed in a head-on collision on Indian River Drive on February 7, 2021.

As they left the courtroom, the Trewyn family and Hester’s parents — including St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brian Hester — spoke briefly to each other, expressing the condolences and encouragement of the Trewyn that “Jesus has a plan”.

A lawyer for Bradley’s husband said they are considering taking legal action against On The Edge Bar & Grill.


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