2010-07-08 / Local & State

Pa. Woman Sentenced In Fatal Turnpike Crash

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to at least a decade in prison for intentionally causing a crash that killed her boyfriend and injured her two children.

A Lehigh County judge on Wednesday ordered 27- year-old Steffanie Ramos to spend 10 to 20 years in prison for causing the February 2009 crash that killed 42-year-old Rene Andres Amaya, of Paterson, N.J, on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Authorities say Amaya was driving as he argued with Ramos, who yanked the wheel and caused the minivan to roll, ejecting Amaya and Ramos’ two children. Amaya was pronounced dead at the scene and the children were hospitalized for about a month to recover from their injuries.

The Scranton woman pleaded guilty in April to third-degree murder and child endangerment.

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