- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Franklin County man has been sentenced to five years behind bars for causing a fatal traffic accident in Shelburne last fall.

Wyatt Pease was also sentenced Thursday to five years of probation after pleading guilty in Franklin Superior Court to charges including involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Authorities say the 20-year-old Pease rear-ended a vehicle on Route 2 last October driven by 51-year-old Sarah Sessions of Heath. The impact pushed her vehicle into the oncoming traffic where she was struck by a minivan. Sessions was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pease then drove away from the scene, but was apprehended later at his home. Authorities say he had been drinking before the crash.

Pease’s lawyer said his client recognized he was at fault.

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