Driver pleads guilty in fatal, wrong-way I-71 crash

Driver pleads guilty in fatal, wrong-way I-71 crash

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A driver pleaded guilty Monday to causing a fatal, wrong-way crash on Interstate 71 earlier this year.

Taryn Chin, 22, of Finneytown, was convicted of one count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Her sentencing is set for May 25. She faces two to eight years in prison, mandatory lifetime driver's license suspension and three years supervised probation when she is released, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

Cincinnati police say she was under the influence when she drove the wrong way on I-71 and crashed into an oncoming vehicle in the early morning hours of Feb. 17.

"...Chin admitted to at least 4 or 5 alcoholic drinks" and stated she should not have been driving, Cincinnati police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Her gray, 2014 Honda Odyssey went the wrong way on southbound Interstate 71 near Dana Avenue and crashed into a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, police have said.

The impact instantly killed the driver, Jose Arenas, 47, of Florence, according to police.

Arenas worked at the Cintas location on Ridge Road and was headed home from work when he was fatally struck, Cintas officials have said.

Chin took a breathalyzer test to measure her level of intoxication and blew 0.122, Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer said at the time.

Both drivers wore seat belts.

The crash closed the highway for several hours while police investigated.

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