A judge has granted shock probation to a Lexington woman serving a three-year sentence for a 2009 car wreck that killed her close friend.
Meredith Browning, 22, who pleaded guilty in July to reckless homicide, fourth-degree assault and driving under the influence of alcohol while younger than 21, was placed on five years' probation Friday by Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell.
The judge asked Browning whether she could comply with restrictions of her probation, which include performing community service and being subjected to drug and alcohol testing. Browning said she could and told Bunnell that she wants to talk to high school students about the dangers of alcohol.
The judge said she has no reason to expect Browning back in court.
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Browning, wearing a Fayette County Detention Center jumpsuit, was returned to a holding area outside the courtroom but was expected to be released from jail later in the day.
Browning, who was sentenced in August to three years in prison, was the driver of a car that wrecked on Old Richmond Road about 2 a.m. May 27, 2009, leaving passenger Cierra James, 22, dead and passenger Christina Lauren Fraley seriously injured. Browning was driving about 90 mph when the car crashed as it crested a hill, according to authorities.
Browning was 20 at the time of the crash and had a blood alcohol level of 0.02. A level of 0.02 can bring a DUI conviction for someone younger than 21; Kentucky's legal limit for people 21 and older is 0.08.