UTICA – The Blossvale woman accused of killing an elderly woman in a DWI crash earlier this year has pleaded guilty to the crime.
In Oneida County Court on Monday, 43-year-old Jennifer Pritchard accepted a plea offer and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. The guilty plea carries a sentence of 6 ½ to 21 years in prison, and Pritchard’s defense attorney believes she’ll get the minimum sentence.
On Feb. 26, Pritchard was driving east on Oriskany Street when her vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines into westbound traffic and stuck a vehicle driven by 87-year-old Janet Moskal of Utica, who died from her injuries sustained in the crash.
Police said Pritchard was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and in court on Monday officials said her blood alcohol content level was .319 percent at the time of the crash.
Pritchard was initially charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, and then ticketed with DWI and failure to keep right. She’s currently out on $40,000 bail, and she will remain free on bail until her sentencing. Conditions of her bail included giving up her driver’s license and wearing a monitoring bracelet, and she’s not allowed to drink any alcohol.
Pritchard is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9.