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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Carmichael businesswoman who caused fatal 2007 collision?

Q: Somewhere around 2006 or 2007 there was a fatal accident. The driver of the car that caused the accident was Beth Colyer. What sentence did she serve and what was the circumstances behind the accident?

Anonymous, Sacramento

A: Bethann Colyer pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence following the Dec. 19, 2007, collision that killed an 18-year-old boy and injured eight of his friends.

Colyer was sentenced in October 2008 to 12 years and eight months in prison. Now 42 years old, she is at the California Institution for Women in Corona.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Colyer, the co-owner of Dub’s Daily Dose Billiards Darts & More in Carmichael, was on her way home from work when she ran a red light at Eastern and Whitney avenues in the Arden Arcade area just before 11 p.m. Her Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a five-seat Honda CRV packed with nine young people. Colyer reportedly was traveling more than 50 mph, well above the posted 35 mph speed limit.

Scott Crouch died at the scene and his friends suffered major injuries.

Colyer had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, almost twice the legal limit. Tests also found the presence of hydrocodone, a narcotic pain medication, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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