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Driver in fatal crash that killed University Place woman sentenced to 6 years, 6 months in prison

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 14, 2013 at 8:57 am |
May 14, 2013 8:57 am

From the catch-up file:

A Federal Way woman was sentenced Friday to 6 years, 6 months in prison for a fatal crash that killed a 48-year-old University Place woman last year.

Michelle Leigh Dittamore, 32, drank a tumbler of pink champagne and took a prescription drug known to cause drowsiness before taking the keys to her father’s sports car without permission.

Her 4-year-old son was in the passenger seat when Dittamore slammed head-on into Jana Lynne Berry’s vehicle June 7 after crossing the centerline on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way.

Berry’s car spun around from the force and was broadsided by another vehicle. She died instantly.

When police arrived, they noticed Dittamore appeared under the influence and noted that she repeatedly insisted her son was with his father.

The boy suffered minor injuries.

The fatal crash happened mere hours after then-Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that increased prison terms for those convicted of vehicular homicide to 6 to 8 ½ years, an increase from the previous 2 ½ to 3 ½ years.

Dittamore’s license was suspended in 2009 and she was not insured to drive at the time of the collision.

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