Woman gets 5 years' probation for sister's death in DUI crash



YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman who caused the death of her sister in a drunken driving crash will spend five years on probation but won't have driving privileges for awhile.
Judge Maureen A. Cronin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentenced Latraiel R. Alexander, 48, of Youngstown, on Wednesday to probation. Judge Cronin also suspended Alexander's driver's license for five years.
Guilty plea
Alexander pleaded guilty in June to aggravated vehicular homicide. She faced a prison sentence of two to eight years on the charge.
Prosecutors said no jail sentence would match the grief Alexander will deal with the rest of her life, calling the case "sad."
Police said that in January, an intoxicated Alexander lost control of her speeding car and plowed into a utility pole along Wilson Avenue in Campbell, killing her sister, Jorita Alexander, 49, of Youngstown. The sister died at the scene.
Alcohol level
Police said Latraiel Alexander's blood alcohol level was 0.235, nearly three times the Ohio legal limit to drive.
A witness saw a speeding Toyota Camry "severely lose control," cross the center line and hit a utility pole. A witness told police the car was traveling 70 to 80 mph. The speed limit is 35.

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