- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman will serve a year behind bars for a car crash that killed two young brothers she was caring for.

A Springfield judge sentenced Suzanne Hardy on Monday. The 24-year-old Holland woman was convicted Thursday of vehicular homicide and manslaughter charges.

Hardy was driving a car that crashed on Route 20 in Brimfield in June 2014. Four-year-old Dylan Riel and 1-year-old Jayce Garcia died. Hardy was Dylan’s aunt. Hardy and her own 4-year-old son were seriously injured.

Prosecutors say Hardy swerved to the right around a landscaping truck making a left turn. Her car hit a guardrail on the right side of the road, crossed the center line and then struck two other vehicles, one of them head-on.

Hardy’s lawyer called the deaths a “horrible, tragic” accident.

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