Woman sentenced to prison in Taylorsville automobile homicide case

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UPDATE: The woman convicted of driving under the influence and hitting and killing a Taylorsville teenager has been sentenced to prison, according to court documents. 

Roxanna Molina, 28, was sentenced by Judge L. Douglas Hogan on Friday to one-to-15 years at the Utah State Prison for second-degree felony automobile homicide and zero-to-five years on third-degree felony failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death. The sentences are to run consecutive which means she will have to serve time for the first conviction before she can carry out her sentence for the second conviction. 

She will get credit for time served and has been ordered to pay a fine of $2890.00 and restitution to the Utah Office for Victims of Crime $12390.90.  

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ORIGINAL STORY:

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The woman charged with driving under the influence and killing a teenager in Taylorsville was in court Friday morning.

Roxanna Molina is accused in the deadly crash back in November at the intersection of 4200 South and Redwood Road. 19-year-old Robert Harsh was in the crosswalk with the right-of-way when he was hit and killed.

Molina is charged with manslaughter as well as leaving the scene of a crash and speeding. Investigators said she was going 94 mph in 45 mph zone.

Her blood alcohol content was a .17 after the crash, as stated in court documents.

The family told ABC4 News Marcos Ortiz they forgave Molina shortly after hearing about their son’s death.

“The first thought that came to me was that we need her to know there are no bad feelings,” said Lemuel Harsh, Robert Harsh’s father.

Gina Harsh said they are saddened by his death and that he had so much life in front of him. But she said her son would not want to cast blame on the driver.

“He wouldn’t want that either,” said Robert Harsh’s mother Gina Harsh.

You can read that full story here.

The family gave emotional statements during Friday’s sentencing. They agreed that Molina should have consequences for her actions but one life was already lost and they wanted her to eventually have a chance to continue with hers. 

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