Star woman sentenced for crash that killed 5-year-old boy

Star woman sentenced for crash that killed 5-year-old boy

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 10:24 PM

BOISE -- A 43-year-old Star woman who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DUI in a crash last June that killed a 5-year-old boy is going to prison.

Helen Burgess entered the guilty pleas on Jan. 30.  A judge ordered her to serve 15 years in prison, but she could be eligible for parole after two years. She also received a lifetime suspension of her driver's license.

Investigators say Burgess was under the influence of several different prescription drugs when her Ford Explorer slammed into the back of a Dodge Caravan on the morning of June 16, 2012, at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 16. Inside the van was the Strauss family from Star.

Five-year-old Alvin Strauss died from injuries he suffered in the crash at a Boise hospital.

Police say Burgess was traveling at highway speed when she struck the van that was stopped at a red light.

Akamatsu says Burgess was charged for Alvin's death and with aggravated DUI for injuries to his 7-year-old sister.

No charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.

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