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Our lives are changed forever': Dead victim's family horrified over smiling suspect's mugshot

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Following a crash that killed a 60-year-old mother, DUI suspect Angenette Welk has drawn scrutiny for her smiling mugshot following the tragedy. (Image source: YouTube screencap)

Angenette Welk of Ocala, Florida, hit the news this week not because of the crime she committed, but the image she portrayed in her mugshot.

Just before midnight on May 10, Welk failed to hit her brakes when approaching stopped vehicles in front of her on U.S. Highway 27, crashing into two cars. She rear-ended the Hyundai Elantra driven by 18-year-old Shiyanne Kroll with enough force to cause fatal injuries to Kroll's 60-year-old passenger, Sandra Clarkson.

Clarkson was Kroll's mother, and passed away at a hospital days later.

Welk, 44, faces charges of DUI, DUI with property damage and DUI with great bodily harm. Upon the news of Clarkson's death, Florida Highway Patrol officials are seeking an upgraded charge of DUI manslaughter.

During the assessment by law enforcement at the scene of the accident, Welk failed a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit.

Keonna Sciacca, Clarkson's other daughter, said of the tragedy, "It's definitely wrecked our family forever, not just temporarily, this was a permanent thing that (Welk) did. (I'm) trying to cope with the fact that I won't see (my mom) walk again, she won't be home when I get home from work or in the mornings when I get home from work."

After seeing Welk's mugshot, Kroll added, "That disgusts me and that means she has no remorse for what she did at all and I hope that judge sees that picture and says the same thing."

Kroll also took the opportunity to urge people with the advice: "If you are out drinking, there is no reason not to put your keys down and Uber, Lyft. That's all it takes to destroy a family is one bad decision."

Welk pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

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