Woman gets year in jail for fatal DUI crash

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

A woman convicted of slamming into the back of another vehicle while driving drunk, killing one of the passengers, has been sentenced to one year in jail.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman convicted of slamming into the back of another vehicle, killing one of the passengers, while driving drunk has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Elizabeth Ashley Morrison, 25, was convicted of negligent homicide and two counts of DUI, all class A misdemeanors, in April. On Monday, she was sentenced to serve one year in jail, placed on six years' probation and must drive with a ignition interlock device until 2019.

On Oct. 29, 2011, Kenneth Brailsford was a passenger in the back seat of a Hyundai sedan that was rear-ended by a Jeep Commander at the intersection of 700 East and 3300 South. The Hyundai was stopped at the intersection for a red light.

Morrison slammed into the back of Brailsford's vehicle without braking, according to charging documents. His vehicle then hit a vehicle stopped at the light in front of him.

Brailsford was killed instantly and four others received critical injuries. A total of nine people were involved in the three-car crash. Morrison had a 3-year-old child in the vehicle with her. Her blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.08, according to the charges.

— Pat Reavy

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