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Woman gets 10 years in Montgomery crash that killed 2

Washington Post Editors

A 34-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in connection with a drunken-driving wreck that killed two men on the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County on July 7.

Kelli Loos had pleaded guilty two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to Montgomery Circuit Court records.

She struck the back of a pickup truck on the Beltway, which sent the pickup over a guardrail and 60 feet down a ravine. Killed in the crash were Gradys Adelson Mendoza and Franklin Manzanares.

After striking the pickup, Loos kept driving into Virginia, crashed her sport-utility vehicle, and was arrested for drunken driving. She was tested with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2010; 7:53 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery , Traffic Accidents  
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Five years for each life she took...and of course she'll get paroled/early release. Only in Maryland.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 20, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I can't help but think about the outcome if the reverse situation had been upstanding Caucasion member of the community killed by two Hispanic men who were well beyond legally drunk, with a history of traffic violations. I know Loos has devastated her own family's life along with these two men, but can't help thinking that ten years cannot really be the value of these lives.

Posted by: caty_borum | May 20, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

She should have gotten 100 years.

Posted by: good1 | May 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I just love what my taxes pay for.

Posted by: kdukes1 | May 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

She should be in front of a firing squad.

Posted by: akhan4 | May 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And I always praise the US Law system here in europe..Guess it is the same all over the world, There still is an heirarchy in social society.

Posted by: Pedro01 | May 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Loos, that was a pretty expensive bar tab.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | May 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I as Gradys Mendoza's daughter think she should have gotten a life time sentance! Because she is going to do what ever is possible to get out of jail and be if she comes out early be careful not to be on the same road as her..

Posted by: Madelyn_Mendoza | May 20, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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