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Raleigh woman sentenced in Pitt County fatal DWI crash from 2009

A 24-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina woman pled guilty Monday in Pitt County Superior Court to driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle charges. The charges arose from an August 2009 accident that authorities say claimed the life of a passenger. The woman also pled guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run allegations arising in an unrelated incident in May 2009.

The woman entered the guilty pleas Monday afternoon in Pitt County and was sentenced to the maximum term of 36 to 53 months in prison on the death by vehicle charge. The judge imposed a two year prison sentence on the DWI conviction and ordered that that sentence run consecutive to the death by vehicle sentence.

Generally, a consecutive sentence does not begin until a prior sentence is completed. For comparison, when a person is sentenced to concurrent sentences for separate offenses, the sentences are served at the same time.

The felony death by vehicle and DWI charges were filed after authorities say that the woman crashed her vehicle on Worthington Road east of County Home Road in August 2009. A 21-year-old man was thrown from the passenger seat as the woman's Toyota Sequoia flipped several times, according to North Carolina State Police. The passenger suffered fatal injuries in the tragic wreck. The woman had been charged with second-degree murder

The same woman appeared in court last week on separate DWI charges. Tuesday, she was found guilty of DWI from allegations that arose in August 2008. At the hearing last week, the judge imposed a six-month sentence for the DWI conviction, which prosecutors say is the maximum sentence, according to the Greenville Daily Reflector.

Source: Greenville Daily Reflector, "Driver pleads guilty in fatal wreck," Kristin Zachary, Jan. 28, 2013

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