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Springfield woman gets 3 years in fatal police pursuit crash

November 1, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for a crash that killed a man and injured his young son as she was fleeing police officers following a traffic violation.

Ladeja Passion Frazier, 24, was sentenced last week by a Sangamon County judge after pleading guilty to several charges in the March 2020 crash.

Prosecutors said Frazier was fleeing from Sangamon County sheriff’s deputies following a traffic violation when she crashed into a vehicle at 80 mph (129 kilometers per hours) in Springfield.

Motorist Sean Boston Richie, 28, died nine days after the crash. His 2-year-old son survived, but had to have his heart revived at the crash scene, the State Journal-Register reported.

Frazier received an extended term sentence on a charge of aggravated fleeing/eluding police. But she will serve just half of that sentence and she has already amassed nearly one year of jail time credit.

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Her sentences on the other charges she had pleaded guilty to, including reckless homicide, will be served concurrently.

A charge of aggravated driving under the influence of cannabis charge was dismissed because there was insufficient evidence for the state to meet its burden of proof in convicting her of that charge.