Drugged driver in deadly crash gets 10 years behind bars

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A driver who killed a Rio Rancho teacher while high on meth continues to make excuses for the crash.

Carol Sanchez, 53, at her sentencing on Friday refused to admit that it was her drug addiction that led to the deadly crash at Academy and Eubank in 2017.

“I didn’t go out and plan on killing a teacher that day. I just went out and had a seizure,” she said. “I didn’t want to live after this happened, and I really am sorry.”

Judge Daniel Ramcyzk snapped back.

“What you say and what you’ve maintained is, ‘I had seizures. I blacked out.’ So that’s not really taking responsibility for your conduct,” he said.

She originally faced more than 18 years on the original charges but struck a plea deal of 10 years for pleading no contest to a homicide by vehicle charge.

“Carol had been suffering from seizures,” Sanchez’s father, Jim Griego, said in her defense.

The judge signed off on the deal and also didn’t hold back his opinion about her:

“You were involved in an accident that you drove away from, which doesn’t make you a very good person, by the way. I know your dad wants you to believe you’re a good person, but you’re not.”

The sentencing was followed by hugs and tears from the victim’s family.

“We are happy that she’s off the streets for a good 10 years,” Farley’s brother said.

Sanchez said she was on her way home from her job as a caretaker when the crash happened.

Her attorney added that the MVD has banned her client from getting a license in New Mexico forever.

Sanchez had no criminal history before the crash other than a shoplifting charge back in 2012, according to online records.

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