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'I Am Forever Changed': Kentucky Woman With Open Bottle of Vodka in Car's Center Console Kills Elderly Couple in DUI Crash

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Jun. 13 2023, Published 11:56 a.m. ET

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A married couple in Kentucky was killed in a DUI crash in 2021, and now a woman has been sentenced in connection with their deaths.

On June 12, Alyssha McFadden was sentenced to 16 years for each of the two counts of manslaughter, officials said.

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The judge stated the two sentences would be served concurrently in addition to a 30-day sentence for DUI minus time already served.

In April, McFadden pleaded guilty for the crash that killed 76-year-old Margaret Herbig and 82-year-old George Herbig in November 2021, WAVE reported.

An agreement was reached between McFadden and prosecutors that amended the two murder charges to manslaughter charges.

The crash took place on Nov. 20, 2021, in Louisville. The Herbigs were in an SUV and tried to make a left turn from Ambridge Drive onto Westport Road, WAVE reported.

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However, when they turned, the SUV crashed into a vehicle heading west on Westport Road that was driven by McFadden.

According to police, McFadden was driving erratically before the crash and an open bottle of vodka was found in the center console of her car.

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A breathalyzer test was administered for McFadden, which showed her blood-alcohol content was .206 at the time of the crash.

During her sentencing, McFadden read from an apology she wrote, saying, "I am forever changed and I vow to do my part to educate others about my experience. I hope your family can find peace. And I'm sorry,” WDRB reported.

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