NY driver on meds admits guilt in 3 women's deaths


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A medicated driver who killed three women when her SUV plowed into a group of pedestrians in upstate New York last summer has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

LuAnn Burgess says she was taking six medications and became distracted on Aug. 10, 2011, when her 2007 Toyota Highlander ran off a road, hit the women and crashed into a church in the Albany suburb of Voorheesville.

The 56-year-old Burgess was also originally charged with vehicular manslaughter and lesser charges of driving while under the influence of drugs.

Under the terms of the plea entered Friday, Burgess will spend up to six months in jail. She also agreed to never drive in New York again.

She had faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

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