- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A driver who had inhaled cleaning spray before a high-speed crash that killed another woman has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Prosecutors say Sarah Skotnicki, of the Buffalo suburb of Depew, had engaged in “huffing” to get high before the September 2015 crash, inhaling the chemical difluoroethane from a shoplifted can of Endust.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty in March to criminally negligent homicide in the death of 72-year-old Carol Dion. Authorities say Skotnicki was traveling at 72 mph in a 30 mph speed zone when her pickup truck crossed the center line and struck Dion’s car head-on.

In court, Skotnicki’s attorney said Skotnicki was under stress at the time of the crash because her husband had attempted suicide the day before.

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