Woman gets 15 years for fatal DWI crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman who killed two of her passengers in a drunk driving crash on I-25 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Stephanie Mendez pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of causing great bodily injury.

In March 2011, Mendez was drunk and speeding when she lost control of her car getting onto on I-25 from the Montaño Loop.

The car raced across the interstate, crashing into a minivan.

Four of the five people in Mendez’s car were ejected and two died. A woman and two children in the van survived.

Mendez’s blood alcohol level was .23, nearly three times the presumed level of intoxication.

After she was indicted, Mendez fled to the Navajo Nation. Her family convinced her to turn herself in.

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