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Kansas woman sentenced to prison for fatal hit-and-run

February 3, 2022 GMT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a teenager in Leavenworth.

Amber Alexander, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court for the August 2021 death of 16-year-old Miranda Lynch, radio station KAIR reports.

Alexander was convicted in December of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and evidence tampering in the the girl’s death. Prosecutors presented evidence in her trial showing that Alexander had several drinks before leaving a bar in Lansing and driving to Leavenworth, where she hit Lynch around 2 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2021.

Alexander fled the crash and crossed a bridge into Missouri, prosecutors said.

Following the deadly hit and run, Alexander reported to her insurance carrier that her car had been hit in her apartment complex parking lot during the night, investigators said. Later that same day, officials said, she drove her car off a road into a wooded area in an attempt to cover up her involvement in the fatal hit-and-run crash.