Ohio woman gets 7 years in fatal wrong-way highway crash

An Ohio woman who pleaded guilty in New Castle to a deadly wrong-way interstate crash in eastern Indiana was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.

A Henry County judge sentenced 56-year-old Phaedra Winters of Huber Heights, Ohio, in the August 2018 crash that killed 19-year-old Chase Thomas.

The Richmond, Indiana, man died when Winters, who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 70, collided head-on with his vehicle.

Winters pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 or more.

The Palladium-Item of Richmond reported Thomas’ mother is unhappy with Winters’ sentence, saying “it makes no sense” that people serve longer prison sentences for drug convictions than “for taking a life.”

Jennifer Thomas said Indiana’s Legislature needs to increase penalties for drunken driving resulting in a death.

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