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Denver drunk driver who crashed at 163 mph, killing two, gets 48 years in prison, DA says

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:02:52-04

DENVER – A drunk driver who authorities say crashed into another car at 163 mph on Interstate 70, killing two passengers in the car, has been sentenced to 48 years in prison, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.

Ernie Crawley, 40, had pleaded guilty in May to one count of murder in the second degree, naming two victims, and one count of driving under the influence, according to the district attorney. Denver District Court Judge Michael J. Vallejos sentenced Crawley to prison on Wednesday.

Brandi Wilson, 24, and Sean Moler, 21, died in the Feb. 18, 2018, crash on I-70 at Interstate 225. The driver of their car, Quinton Kopang, then 21, survived the crash. The three were childhood friends who were driving home from downtown Denver to Bennett, the district attorney's office said.

A passenger in Crawley's car, Anna McCullough, 45, was also injured in the crash, according to the district attorney.

At the scene, Crawley's speech was slurred and his breath had a strong odor of alcohol, according to a police probable cause statement.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the precious young people killed in this horrendous tragedy,” District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement. “I want to thank the team from my office for the excellent work they did in holding the defendant accountable. We cannot bring these young people back but we can bring justice to their memories”