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.