Driver in fatal, wrong-way crash gets three years in jail - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Driver in fatal, wrong-way crash gets three years in jail

Taryn Chin in court Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW) Taryn Chin in court Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The driver who pleaded guilty to causing a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 71 was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday.

Taryn Chin, 22, of Finneytown, pleaded guilty last month to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the Feb. 17 crash that killed another motorist, Jose Arenas, 47, of Florence.

Cincinnati police said she was drunk when she drove the wrong way on I-71 and her 2014 Honda Odyssey van slammed into Arenas' 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Chin admitted to drinking at least four or five alcoholic drinks and blew 0.122 on a breath test to measure her level of intoxication, according to police. 

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

Chin nearly collapsed as Arenas’ relatives spoke in court. Arenas’ son, Edgar, said his father taught him not told hold on to hate.

“I’m around her age and I put myself in her position and I’d be terrified if I was her too,” he said. “That’s just how my dad was. He was never angry, he was never mad.”

Chin, who is a mother, apologized to the family and said the night of Feb. 17 was “very out of character for me.”

She could have received a maximum eight years in prison. 

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