Woman gets prison time for fatal wrong-way crash

The Associated Press
Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 3:08 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Connecticut woman has been sentenced to six to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that took the life of a woman who formerly lived in Maine.

Pamela Balsamo of Barkhamsted, Conn., was sentenced Monday in Berkshire Superior Court after pleading guilty last week to vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle in a way that endangers others, failure to stay in marked lanes and speeding.

Authorities say Balsamo was driving southbound in the northbound lane of Route 8 in Sandisfield in March 2009 when she collided head-on with a car driven by 29-year-old Erin Dufour of Tolland, Mass., killing her. Dufour formerly lived with her family in Brewer, Maine.

The 48-year-old Balsamo said in a statement read in court that she is “haunted” by the accident and apologized to the Dufour family.

Her lawyer asked for a lighter sentence, saying she had no prior record and had “made a mistake.”

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