Woman Admits Heroin Use During Deadly L.I Accident
A New Yorker has admitted being high on drugs when she struck and killed an 11-year-old girl crossing a Long Island street.
Maureen Lambert pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to charges including manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while impaired by drugs.
She faces a sentence of 4 to 12 years in state prison.
Courtney Sipes was killed while crossing a street in Smithtown on Nov. 24, 2009. Prosecutors say Lambert was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Toxicology reports showed Lambert had a heroin byproduct in her system when she surrendered to authorities the following day.
A witness testified before a grand jury that he was with the defendant when she used heroin shortly before the crash.
Published at 1:17 PM EDT on Oct 25, 2010
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