Woman gets prison on DOT worker’s death

GOLDSBORO (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in connection with the death of a Department of Transportation worker.

WRAL-TV reports that 29-year-old Tahisha Dukette pleaded guilty Thursday to felony death by motor vehicle as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to 64 months in prison. She had previously faced several charges, including second-degree murder.

Authorities said that on March 23, 2015, Dukette was driving westbound on U.S. 70 when her Saturn Vue ran off the highway and struck 35-year-old William Grey Bailey in the median, killing him.

Dukette told Superior Court Judge Ronald Stephens that she was under the influence of prescription drugs, including Xanax and Prozac. She said she has no recollection of the crash.

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