Salem woman sentenced to 25 years in fatal crash



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem woman who hit and killed two teenagers with her sport utility vehicle while driving under the influence of prescription drugs has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The Statesmen Journal reports that 31-year-old Sophia Downing was sentenced Wednesday after she was found guilty of manslaughter last month by a jury.

Prosecutors said Downing was under the influence of drugs including a muscle relaxant and insomnia medication. The defense said the drugs were prescribed and didn’t contribute to the crash.

The September 2010 crash killed 18-year-old Brittney Green and 16-year-old Francisco Cervantes and injured Jorge Echeverria, who was then 16.