10-year sentence for woman who pleaded guilty to fatal hit-and-run

DENVER - A woman who pleaded guilty to a fatal hit-and-run crash was given the maximum prison sentence of 10 years Thursday.

Latoya Nelson, 30, admitted that on March 27, 2013, she was driving southbound on Kalamath Street when she ran a red light at 13th Avenue and crashed into another vehicle. The driver of the other car, 85-year-old Charlie Herrera, was fatally injured.

The crash occurred just two-and-a-half blocks from Herrera's home.

After the crash, witnesses told 7NEWS that Nelson stumbled out of her car and ran from the scene.

According to Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, Nelson's sentencing hearing was attended by members of both families.

"Nelson was visibly distraught, collapsing to the ground after hearing the sentence, and was helped from the courtroom by Denver sheriff's deputies as she was remanded to begin serving her sentence," Kimbrough wrote.

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