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Impaired driver who killed 22-year-old sentenced up to 40 years

A 53-year-old man who killed a young woman while he was driving high was sentenced Friday to up to 40 years in prison. 

The Bucks County District Attorney's office says Louis Gene Demora had a history of crimes, drug addiction and driving offenses. 

Officials say Demora was driving close to 100 mph in a speed limit zone of 25 mph when his SUV struck 22-year-old Jenna Richards' vehicle on Dec. 20, 2016.

The crash almost cut her sedan in half, police say, hurtling it into two parked vehicles in a nearby driveway. She died on scene. 

Demora's SUV went airborne and skidded to a stop upside-down a half-block away.

Officials say the collision happened just blocks from Richards' home, who was headed to the gym to work out. 

Demora's urine tested positive for heroin, cocaine and Xanax after the crash. Witnesses said he told them at the scene he was trying to commit suicide when the collision happened and he didn't intend to harm Richards. 

The jury convicted Demora Nov. 2 of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle driving under the influence, DUI, and related charges. 

Demora will serve 17 and a half years to 40 years in state prison. 

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