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Shawnee woman sentenced in deadly impaired driving crash

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 01:14:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Shawnee woman was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Friday for an impaired driving crash that killed a woman and injured her husband.

Vicky Walter, 57, was sentenced in Johnson County Court to 38 months in prison on a charge of DUI involuntary manslaughter. She pleaded no contest to the charge in late December and was found guilty by a judge.

On March 19, 2019, Walter struck a vehicle on eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway, causing that car to crash into a third vehicle, which crashed into a rock wall off the road.

Celena Duncan, a passenger in the third car, died at the scene. Her husband, who was driving, also suffered serious injuries.

[Editor's note: An earlier version of the headline and story mischaracterized Walter's impairment at the time of the wreck. Prosecutors said she was under the influence of prescription drugs and should not have been driving.]