ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman convicted of homicide by vehicle was back in front of a judge Thursday, after violating her probation. In 2016, Cynthia Silva was driving on I-40, while high on meth, and slammed into the back of Shirley Van Why’s car and killed her.
Silva accepted a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2018; she faced up to 15 years. Silva recently violated her probation by leaving the county, and picked up a new charge of trafficking a controlled substance.
Thursday, Silva acknowledged her mistake in court, saying she did not realize she had left the county. A judge continued Silva’s probation, saying any future violations would be met with zero tolerance. A new condition was also added to her probation; Silva can not have any contact with her boyfriend.