Survivor of Fatal Crash Doubts Driver's Apology

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Golden, Colo. (AP) The survivor of a two-vehicle crash that killed his friend says he doubts the sincerity of the drunken driver who apologized.

A judge Wednesday ordered 18-year-old Nanette LaFleur of Lakewood to serve four years in the youthful offender system for causing the 2007 crash that killed 17-year-old Samara Stricklen.

LaFleur will serve 12 years in prison if she doesn't complete the program successfully.

Seth Mutschler was critically injured in the crash and is still dealing with its effects. He said LaFleur's apology sounded like an attempt to make herself feel better, but that he wants the crash to haunt her.

LaFleur admitted smoking marijuana and drinking before the crash. She pleaded guilty in May to charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and vehicular assault-DUI.

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