GREENSBURG (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County woman accused of providing alcohol for her son’s 2010 graduation party pleaded guilty today for her role in the deadly DUI crash that killed three of his teenage guests.
Susan Sanders-Watt, 59, pleaded guilty to charges including corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and providing alcohol to minors.
Police say Sanders-Watt got a half-keg of beer for the 2010 graduation party. After leaving the party, Michael Simpson, 19, crashed his car on Church Street in Salem Township.
Simpson and two passengers, Jordan Cobb, 19, and Carly Kudray, 18, died in the accident; another teenager was critically injured but survived. Simpson’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was more than seven times the legal limit for someone his age.
Molly Cobb’s son died in the June 2010 accident. “We want this legal part of it to be over so that our families can start to heal,” she said this morning. “It’s been a long, long year and a half. We’re glad we got one step closer today.”
The district attorney decided not to file involuntary manslaughter charges because the teens had also been drinking at Kudray’s home earlier in the evening.
Sanders-Watt will be sentenced in three months. She could face up to 45 years in prison.
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