Woman to serve 16 years for Ohio crash that killed worker

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 24-year-old southwest Ohio woman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and will lose her driving privileges for life for a 2015 crash that injured several utility workers, one fatally.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth (SPAYTH) announced his sentence Thursday after an emotional hearing in which family members including the son of the worker who was killed addressed the court. Amber Rooks, 24, of Norwood died from injuries after Michele Schuster’s (SHOO’-sturz) car swerved across a center line last year.

A tearful Schuster apologized to the victims, their families and her own family.

A jury convicted her of five counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Authorities say tests showed Schuster had taken an anti-anxiety drug and a hallucinogenic substance.

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