Latonya Colbert in court, Dec. 10, 2013
A woman who chose to drink and drive learned Tuesday she will face five years in prison for vehicular homicide, and wished she would have been killed in the crash herself.
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CINCINNATI -- A woman who chose to drink and drive learned Tuesday she will face five years in prison for vehicular homicide.
Latonya Colbert killed 57-year-old Tony Smith on Feb. 12 when she was driving while intoxicated in Cincinnati.
"The court on these cases has to send out a message to others that we're not going to tolerate it," Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel said. "You're having a bad day. You stay home. You want to get drunk and abuse your body, that's your privilege but don't have it destroy somebody else's life."
In tears, she faced Smith's family in court Tuesday and told them she wished she had been killed in the crash.
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Colbert was traveling on the Hopple Street viaduct in Camp Washington and collided with Smith, who was coming from the opposite direction. Fire crews had to free Smith from his car, and he died shortly after at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Prosecutors said Colbert was driving so fast, she nearly pushed Smith's car over the viaduct's edge. A Grand Jury indicted 39-year-old Colbert on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
Her license was permanently suspended.