Teen gets 5 years in prison for Whidbey Island DUI crash

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 30 at 6:00 PM

COUPEVILLE, Wash. -- An Island County court judge on Friday sentenced an 18-year-old girl to more than 5 years in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed three of her friends last year.

Kaylea Souza, 18, was charged with vehicular homicide after the November 12, 2011, crash that killed Rob Knight, Marcel "Mick" Porter and Charles "Mack" Porter on Whidbey Island. She pleaded guilty. 

Prosecutors had requested that Souza be sentenced to a little over 4 years in jail, but the Island County judge rejected that recommendation and handed down a sentence of 68 months -- or just over five-and-one-half years. 

Souza admitted she had been drinking the night of the crash. She passed another car in her 2003 four-door Chevrolet, lost control and slammed into a tree, causing the car to burst into flames.

One witness was able to pull Souza from the burning wreckage, but the flames were too intense to get the other three. The victims were burned beyond recognition.

According to probable cause documents, Souza told Langley Police that she had consumed a 40-ounce "Micky's" and some "Olde English.”

Souza also said, "I wasn't that drunk,” and later yelled out, "I can't believe they let me drive," documents say.

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