Woman gets prison for deadly DWI wreck

TROY, N.Y. (AP) – A local woman has
been sentenced to from 1 2/3 to 5 years in prison for a drunken-driving
wreck that killed her companion.

Hartigan, 51, of Castleton-on-Hudson was sentenced in Rensselaer County
Court. She pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter.

Authorities said Hartigan and 47-year-old Darlene
Walter of Scotia had been drinking heavily before Hartigan drove off a
road and crashed into a tree at about 5 a.m. on April 23, 2012. The
accident happened in Schodack, 10 miles southeast of Albany.

Walter and Hartigan were the only ones in the pickup truck.

Hartigan apologized as friends and relatives of
both women wept in the courtroom Friday. Walter was Hartigan's former
sister-in-law and described as her best friend.

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