A Florida woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for crashing her car into a group of children, killing one of a set of triplets.
Betty Jo Tagerson, 40, was sentenced on April 2 by a Pasco County judge, the Daily Mail reported. Tagerson had been convicted in January of vehicular homicide, culpable negligence manslaughter, and two counts of reckless driving with serious injury, though according to ABC, the vehicular homicide charge has been vacated.
On November 5, 2010, Tagerson sped away from her home after an argument with her boyfriend, the Christian Post reported. She soon lost control of her Jeep, first hitting a mail box and then crashing into a group of girls playing in a neighbor's front yard. Included in the group were 5-year-old triplets Gabrielle, Isabella and Delaney Rossman.
While the triplets' older sister, Victoria, was able to push Isabella out of the way, the other sisters were hit by the oncoming vehicle, according to WTSP. Delaney Rossman died that night. Gabrielle was seriously injured and incurred multiple broken bones, but was released from the hospital 10 days after the accident. Nine-year-old Marissa Manuli, a friend of the girls', was also injured, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Tagerson told the court that she blacked out while driving and does not remember the incident, though medical experts testify no signs indicate problems that would have led to a black-out, according to ABC.
In addition to the 13-year sentence, Tagerson will also serve five years probation, and her driver's license has been permanently revoked, the Daily Mail reported.