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Woman gets prison in Peoria teen’s hit-and-run death

PHOENIX — A woman accused in the 2010 hit-and-run death of a Peoria teenager has been sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised probation.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Laura Champion Flanders, 25, was sentenced Thursday for negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Flanders was charged in the death of Joey Romero, 18.

Police said Romero was walking home in the dark from his job when he was hit on a Peoria sidewalk on Oct. 29, 2010. He died in a hospital two days later.

Police collected evidence from the scene and Flanders’ vehicle that tied her to the crash.

Flanders told police that she was so heavily medicated, she accidentally drank nail polish shortly before the crash and didn’t realize she hit a person.


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