A Lexington woman was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison on manslaughter and other charges in connection with a 2014 fatal wreck near the Kentucky Horse Park.
Kayla Foster, 29, sobbed at times as she read a statement in court expressing remorse for the collision that killed Enereida De Los Santos, 51.
“I am deeply sorry for my actions,” Foster said. “I will never forgive myself for what I’ve done.”
Relatives of De los Santos declined to comment after the sentencing.
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The wreck happened about 4:50 a.m. Sept. 14, 2014, on Iron Works Pike in north Fayette County.
According to court filings, Foster was driving a 1998 Chrysler Sebring when it crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by Leonel Perez. Foster left the scene and didn’t stop to render aid, police said.
A passenger in Perez’s vehicle, Enereida De Los Santos, 51, died at the scene. Perez was seriously injured.
Foster pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
On an earlier sentencing date, Foster wanted to withdraw her guilty plea, which defense attorney John Olash attributed to “a panic attack.” But Foster returned to court Friday prepared for sentencing.
Foster “never thought she had the capacity to take someone’s life,” Olash told Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark.
Clark rejected defense suggestions for a shorter sentence, saying that would “unduly depreciate” the seriousness of the offense.