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Woman pleads guilty to negligent homicide in 2010 hit-and-run

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Laura Flanders Laura Flanders
Joey Romero Joey Romero

Five days ago, Governor Jan Brewer signed Joey's Law. It toughens penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a fatal crash.

The law is named after 18-year-old Joey Romero, who was killed in a hit-and-run.

Monday, the driver who hit Joey pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say Laura Flanders was dazed and on medication when she hit Joey and kept going. She even told investigators that she accidentally drank nail polish remover that night.

Handcuffed and led off to jail, Laura Flanders and her family cried in court as she pleaded guilty. She could spend up to six years in prison for Joey's death. His family says she got off easy.

"I'm disappointed in the system. We want Laura Flanders to be made the example for hit-and-runs from here on out. we want the max for her, period," said Joey's dad Jesse Romero.

Two years ago, Joey was walking home from work in Peoria. He was on the sidewalk when Flanders drove her car down that sidewalk, ran him over, and kept going. Flanders told police she knew she hit something, but thought it was a tree or a pole.

"She left a human being to die. She drove away and left a human being, I don't care if she was sober or drunk, she drove away and left a human being to die."

Joey's dad has been at every hearing, waiting for more than two years for Flanders' punishment. Joey was the youngest of six, a senior about to graduate from high school. He wanted to be a police officer.

"Joey was awesome he was the best kid, he would make any father proud… He filled the house with love and it's gone."

Flanders will be sentenced in January. She faces up to six years in prison. The average sentence is four years.

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