Woman sentenced to 1 to 2 years in county jail in fatal crash blamed on lack of sleep

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ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — A woman has been sentenced to one to two years in an eastern Pennsylvania jail in a fatal crash a year ago that authorities said was due to lack of sleep.

Twenty-year-old Courtney Quinn of Northampton wept Monday and apologized to the victim's family during sentencing in Lehigh County.

She pleaded guilty in February to involuntary manslaughter and related counts in the April 2014 North Whitehall Township crash that killed 65-year-old Jennifer Ebert. Prosecutors dropped a charge of homicide by vehicle.

Authorities said she had only had a few hours sleep during the 24 hours leading up to the crash.

Defense attorney John Waldron said that his client had been a full-time student with a full-time job and a clean record, and the crash didn't involve drugs or alcohol.

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