Vermont woman admits she caused double fatal crash in 2015

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A northern Vermont woman has admitted to charges stemming from an accident that killed two people while she was driving high on heroin in 2015.

Maria Carlson pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of drugged driving with death resulting and two felony counts of gross negligent operation for the crash that claimed the lives of 68-year-old Diane Bohannon and 67-year-old Robert Benjamin.

Prosecutors say Carlson caused the September 2015 wreck on U.S. Route 7 and then needed to be revived with narcan, the antidote for reversing opioid overdoses.

Police say a syringe and a bag of heroin were found in Carlson’s SUV at the scene.

Carlson faces up to 12 years in prison when she’s sentenced in March.

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