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UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty in drunk driving fatality

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 13:40:29-04

The driver in a fatal four-motorcycle crash that happened last year has pleaded guilty and sentenced to three years in prison - part of which she will serve at home because of the pandemic.

Veria Coleman Long , 63, of Jonesville pleaded guilty to all charges against her in the August 2019 crash, which left Cody McClung, 22, dead. Six others were injured, including Long and a motorcycle rider who lost her leg. McClung had two son, one who was 5-year-old old and another was five months old when their father died.

According to court records, Long pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges against her: vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, driving left of center and four counts of vehicular negligent injury. She was sentenced to seven years in prison, with four years suspended. She will serve the remaining three years without probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

However, because of the pandemic, she will serve the first seven months of the sentence on house arrest. She'll report to prison in March, the records say. While on house arrest she will still be able to attend church, go shopping, go to work and anyplace else her probation officer allows. She was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and serve two years of probation following her prison sentence. Her driver's license will be suspended, with the exceptions listed above.

The crash happened around on U.S. 84 near Frogmore Plantation.

At the time, State Police said Coleman's car was westbound on the highway, crossed the center line and crashed into two eastbound motorcycles. Two more motorcycles traveling behind those bikes also crashed because of the accident. One of the motorcycle drivers ejected from his bike was hit by an eastbound vehicle, troopers say.

In October, Coleman was arrested and booked with vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, driving left of center and four counts of vehicular negligent injury.