Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.

A Los Angeles woman was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in state prison for causing a crash that killed two people, including a friend who had been celebrating her 22nd birthday.

Jeanette Romero, now 24, pleaded no contest last July to two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the Nov. 3, 2013, crash that killed Ana Cuadra and Blanca Belman-Almanza.

Romero had been at a downtown Los Angeles nightclub with four friends to celebrate Cuadra’s 22nd birthday. She was driving northbound on the Arroyo Seco (110) Freeway at Avenue 52 when she struck a curb at a turnout, and the car slammed into a chain-link fence and a tree, authorities said.

Cuadra, who was seated in the back of the car, was killed in the crash, along with Belman-Almanza, 23, who was riding in the front passenger seat. Romero suffered major injuries in the crash, and the other two passengers were also seriously injured.

City News Service

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