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Woman sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison for drunk driving crash that killed two

October 21, 2021 News Extra

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A Valencia woman who killed two of her friends while driving drunk in May 2020 was sentenced to prison Thursday.

A Valencia woman who killed two of her friends while driving drunk in May 2020 was sentenced to prison Thursday.

Diane Elizabeth Read, 38, was sentenced to serve two concurrent sentences of 36 to 72 months for the homicide by vehicle while DUI charges and a concurrent sentence of 72 hours to six months in prison for first-offense DUI.

Deputy sheriffs took Read into custody after Common Pleas Judge Timothy F. McCune handed down the sentence.

She previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Her sentence in the plea agreement also included paying restitution of more than $253,000 and a $1,000 fine. Most of the restitution — $239,000 — is to an insurance company.

Read was driving with her friends and neighbors, Kimberly Young, 39, and Patricia Collins, 36, in her vehicle on May 17 after a social gathering at Read's home where alcohol was consumed when her vehicle smashed into the former CoGo's store on Route 8 in Middlesex Township.

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