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Woman sentenced in deadly DWI crash

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:56:12 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2013 10:26:20 PM CST
PITT COUNTY -

A woman was sentenced Monday for a deadly DWI crash in which her passenger was killed.

Carla Atallah pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The judge sentenced her to at least 5 years in prison. In addition, she must perform 72 hours of community service, speaking to young people about the dangers of drunk driving.

Atallah was originally charged with second-degree murder and DWI.

According to investigators, the car Attallah was driving crashed on Worthington Road, near D.H. Conley High School, in 2009. Her passenger, 21-year-old Ryan Worthington, died in the wreck.  Both Atallah and Worthington were not wearing seat belts at the time, investigators said.

"I take full responsibility for it I'm just very sorry to your family," Atallah said in court Monday. "And I'm also sorry to my family. I shouldn't have ever gotten in that car. I don't ever want something like this to happen again."

"They will never be the same after having lost a son," said Tonya Montanye, an assistant district attorney in Pitt County. "The loss of a child is something that you never recover from, the only thing it does give them is closure from the criminal case."

Police said Atallah had two prior DWI charges.