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.
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.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
One person is dead after their SUV rear-ended an Ohio Department of Transportation dump truck on I-71 early Wednesday and police say alcohol…
A Westwood man was arrested Monday and charged in the rape of a 6-year-old.
This time of year, high school seniors are deciding where to go to college. For many young women and their parents, the issue of campus…
Three out of four car seats are improperly installed in vehicles, according to AAA technicians.
A proposal to protect Ohio school teachers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board.
Before we can help the Tri-State's thousands of poor mothers and their children, we will need to find common ground across our political…
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he's making good on his promise to add more cops to the streets.
The two Ohio cities still in contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention will be visited in late April by party staff or…
A wrap-up of local stories happening Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5…