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Published: Tuesday, 5/21/2013

Ohio woman gets 8 years for drunken-driving death

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — A woman who was drunk when she hit and killed a 15-year-old boy walking along a rural Ohio road last fall has been sentenced to prison for eight years.

Authorities say 49-year-old Cathy Humphries’ blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when she hit Austin Houser with her pickup truck Oct. 25 and kept going. It happened in the village of Rushsylvania, about 60 miles northwest of Columbus.

A passer-by found Austin’s body two days later in a water-filled ditch by the side of the road. Humphries had told her family that night that she thought she’d hit a mailbox.

Humphries pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and drunken driving.

The boy’s mother pushed for a longer sentence.



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