Teen gets 15 years in prison for fatal crash

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | 1:54 p.m. CDT; updated 2:55 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 1, 2008

LIBERTY — A St. Joseph teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a drug-fueled, wrong-way crash that killed two people.

Erika Renee Simpson was 15 in July 2007 when her Ford Explorer crossed a median on Missouri 152 in Clay County and crashed head-on into another car. The other driver, 26-year-old Scott Kehr, and Simpson's 16-year-old passenger Ashley Witkowski, died.

Simpson pleaded guilty in July to first-degree involuntary manslaughter in Kehr's death in a plea deal that dropped a manslaughter count for Witkowski's death.

Judge Anthony Gabbert on Friday agreed to put Simpson in juvenile custody for the first five years of her sentence. After that time she could appeal to serve the rest of her sentence on probation.

Authorities said Simpson had cocaine, marijuana and a tranquilizer in her system.


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Jarrod Turner October 1, 2008 | 2:47 p.m.

Too bad they ain't keeping her for 30

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tiffany petty December 27, 2008 | 9:10 p.m.

what in the world was erica thinking getting in that car with out a licsens and under the influence of drugs didn't she think at some point that something bad could happen before it even did it just dont make sense at all....
ashley babe gurl we miss you alot and miss your beautful smile and the sparkel in your eyes there will never be a day that we dont think bout all of are good memories we had together and you will always be in are hearts till the day we meet at heavens gate....
to kehr's family and friends i'm so sorry to hear bout your loss and are prays go out to you all...
we luv u alot and miss u tiffany and sam.. who played basketball with ashley

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