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Teen faces 3-27 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

EASTON, Pa. - Mazell Truss pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence along with other charges. 

She now faces a minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 27.

The now 19-year-old is accused of causing the deadly wreck that killed 64-year-old Audrey Rafferty back in June on Lehigh Drive in Easton.

Police say Truss was high on meth during the crash.

Over the summer - Truss' mother told 69 News her daughter is sorry.

"She's had some bad times in her life in growing up and she's good hearted," she said.

In court on Friday, Truss also pleaded guilty to a string of other charges in connection to the fatal accident, including aggravated assault while driving under the influence.

Police say the deadly chain of events started with a hit and run fender bender near the intersection of Larry Holmes and Lehigh Drives.

The people involved in that accident were not injured.

Police say Truss sped away from that wreck before causing the crash that ultimately killed Rafferty.

Truss sat in a wheelchair in the courtroom because she's seven months pregnant.

The judge postponed the sentencing so surviving victims could be present. Truss is due back in court Apr. 13 for that sentencing.


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