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Florida woman found guilty in fatal car accident

The woman who famously tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" before causing a fatal car crash that sent two young women to the morgue was sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to local sources. The now-22-year-old woman pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter in a Florida court in February in connection with the November 2013 car accident that killed two 21-year-old women. The sentence was handed down on May 4. 

According to the report from the accident, the woman was intoxicated when she got behind the wheel of a vehicle and proceeded the wrong way down an express route after she tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" only hours before. Her vehicle collided with another car carrying the two victims, one of whom was killed instantly, while the other died shortly thereafter. The woman reportedly had no recollection of the accident. 

The families of the deceased women pushed for the maximum 30-year sentence, but the judge eventually decided on 24 years with a mandatory 6-year probationary period directly following. The woman's license is also permanently revoked, meaning she will never drive again. The sentence is to begin immediately. 

The tragedy of this preventable car accident cannot be understated. While the sentencing is not enough to bring back those who were lost, Florida law will allow the families of the deceased women to file wrongful death lawsuits in addition to the criminal conviction in a civil court setting. Those types of suits can make use of any and all evidence collected by the prosecution in the criminal hearing. 

Source: CBS News, "'2 Drunk 2 Care' driver, sentenced in fatal crash", May 4, 2015

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