Allison Matthew stopped halfway through her court statement Monday, unable to continue because she was sobbing.
About a year earlier, Matthew had been drunk while driving a car that reached speeds of nearly 102 mph before crashing on Pittsburgh’s Saw Mill Run Boulevard, killing her cousin.
“I’ve not been able to understand how I let this happen. I will never forgive myself for that night,” Matthew said at a sentencing hearing before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos.
Rangos ordered Matthew to serve 6 to 12 months at Allegheny County Jail, followed by three years of probation during which she must complete 400 hours of community service.