07/08/2015 13:12 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Driver who killed two in Winnipeg while texting, speeding sentenced to two years

WINNIPEG — A young driver has been sentenced to two years in custody for a crash in Winnipeg that killed two people and injured three others.

Court heard the woman, who was 17 at the time of the crash in 2010, was speeding and texting.

She had also been drinking.

The woman, now 22, pleaded guilty in youth court to criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

A judge refused a Crown request to sentence her as an adult.

Following her custody term, she will also be under mandatory community supervision for one year.

The woman cried as she was led out of the court in handcuffs and family and friends of the victims hugged each other in the hallway.

The Crown had alleged the woman planned to drink and drive that night, based on a text message exchange with a friend. After attending two parties, her friends tried to take her keys away but were unsuccessful.

Evidence showed she was texting and going 20 km/h over the speed limit while on cruise control, when her car collided with the victims' vehicle at an south side intersection.

Amutha Subramaniam, 17, and Senhit Mehari, 19, were killed.

Psychologists said the woman is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They said she has expressed remorse and is a low risk to reoffend.

The Crown had asked that she serve five years in prison as an adult. The defence requested a youth sentence of one year in custody.


The Canadian Press