Wrong way crash suspect: "I don't remember anything"

(WMC-TV) - A day after she appeared in a West Memphis courtroom on charges of negligent homicide while driving drunk, youth counselor Kellie Isaac cried during much of a phone interview she did from jail with Action News 5.

"I don't remember anything," said Isaac.

Isaac said she must have blacked out upon entering Interstate 40 traveling in the wrong direction Tuesday night.

Moments later, deputies said she collided with a pickup truck in the eastbound lanes, killing 48-year-old Sheila Ellard of Nesbit, Mississippi.

"I have bruises on my body, glass in my arm, my neck hurts, but I can't say I was hurt because somebody's life was taken," said Isaac.

Isaac was in Downtown Memphis Tuesday for the Youth Village conference at the Cook Convention Center.  She said the drinking did not begin until a group of coworkers went for margaritas at Happy Mexican.

Isaac said the night ended after a private party at Minglewood Hall, after which a friend took her back to her car downtown.

Isaac admitted she had no business being behind the wheel and wishes her friends had taken her keys.

"If you know somebody's drunk, I don't care how much, don't let them get in the car," she said.

She said she knows an apology means nothing to the family forever affected by the actions of one night.

Isaac's employment is under review, but Youth Villages issued a statement saying in part, "We expect all employees to behave responsibly and professionally at all times.  All our staff know that and it's constantly reinforced.  Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this."

At last check, Isaac was still behind bars on $85,000 bond.

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