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Woman Pleads Guilty In Deadly Wrong Way Crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman accused in a deadly wrong way crash on Interstate 65 earlier this year has pleaded guilty.

Rebecca Benson entered the guilty plea Friday on vehicular homicide and felony reckless endangerment charges, and received a 10-year sentence. As part of the plea, she will serve two years in jail at 100 percent, and then will be on supervised probation for the remaining eight years.

Police said Benson was driving the wrong direction on I-65 South on February 22 when she crashed into a car driven by 29-year old Steffanie Leonard. Leonard died at the scene.

An officer said Benson was confused, and thought she was in a taxi cab because she was too drunk to drive. Her blood alcohol content was later found to be .23.

As part of her probation upon her release, she will be required to work or attend school full-time, has to wear a SCRAM device for the first 6 months, must complete 80 hours of community service work per year for each of the 8 years, speak to high school or college classes about the dangers of drinking and driving at least 3 times a year for the first 5 years of her probation, and will have her license revoked for 6 years.

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