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Woman pleads no contest to charges in fatal 2016 crash

September 19, 2018

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman will spend the next seven years in prison for her role in a 2016 collision that killed a 24-year-old woman.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brianne Colonna pleaded no contest to charges Tuesday in New London, agreeing to a plea deal with multiple conditions. The Day reports prosecutors say Colonna was intoxicated, speeding and talking on her cellphone when the crash occurred on Dec. 26, 2016.

The crash killed Stephanie Turowski and seriously injured her mother Olivia Turowski. Prosecutors say Colonna admitted to being intoxicated while being evaluated after the crash, and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

Colonna will be sentenced Dec. 13 to 16 years in prison, suspended after 7½ years served, followed by five years’ probation.

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