Guilty plea in crash that killed state worker

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Updated: 4/22 9:41 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno woman is facing 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in a 2012 crash that killed a state transportation worker.

The Fresno Bee reports that 28-year-old Alyssa Villanueva entered the plea on Monday. She also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the crash on Highway 99 in Fresno.

Investigators say Villanueva was behind the wheel of a 2007 Nissan Altima around 2 a.m. on July 11, 2012 when she crossed into an area where crews were resurfacing the highway and fatally struck 24-year-old Regan Johnson.

Investigators allegedly later found the damaged car hidden under a tarp at the apartment complex where Villanueva lives.

Prosecutors say Villanueva is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19.

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