SOUTHINGTON — A Bristol woman was sentenced to 42 months in prison in connection with an accident on West Street in 2017 that seriously injured a 5-year-old.
Stephanie Matos, 23, of 22 Salladin Road, Bristol, was originally charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana, reckless driving, traveling too fast for conditions, following too close, failure to drive in proper lane and two counts of seatbelt violations.
She previously pleaded no contest to two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of third-degree assault and reckless driving. A judge made a finding of guilty on the charges. .
On Monday Matos was sentenced in Bristol Superior Court to ten years, suspended after 42 months in prison, followed by three years probation.
On Nov. 11, 2017, Matos was driving south on Middle Street in Bristol at a high rate of speed, reportedly moving in and out of lanes of traffic, when she lost control near ESPN Drive and struck a car traveling in the opposite lane, police said. Both cars had extensive damage.
At the time of the crash, Matos had a 1-year-old and 5-year-old in the car, both of whom were not properly secured in car seats, police said. The 5-year-old and two occupants in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries. The 1-year-old was also injured, but the extent of injuries was not clear.
While investigating the accident, police found Matos in possession of marijuana.
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