SMETHPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to six counts of homicide by vehicle for causing a crash that killed her daughter and nephew and four people in another vehicle while she was under the influence of prescription medicine.
The Bradford Era reports 38-year-old Kathleen Douglas entered the pleas Thursday. Under an agreement, she’ll be sentenced to 11 years, three months to 22-and-a-half years in prison when she returns to McKean County Court on Tuesday.
Police charged that Douglas had 12 times the prescribed daily dose of clonazepam in her blood when the crash occurred on U.S Route 219 in the Allegheny National Forest on Aug. 31, 2013. The drug is used to treat seizures and panic disorders.
Authorities say Douglas’ sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and hit an approaching car.