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Woman gets 40-year sentence in crash that killed elderly Fort Wayne couple

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 4:23 pm

A woman who admitted guilt in the impaired-driving deaths of an elderly Fort Wayne couple last year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, the maximum penalty allowed by her plea deal.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck on Friday sentenced Corina Hurtado, 50, to two consecutive 20-year prison terms for the May 8 crash that resulted in the deaths of 79-year-old Harold Bebout and his wife Starr, 74.

Police have said Hurtado was driving drunk and with cocaine in her bloodstream when her Ford F250 pickup slammed into the Bebouts’ van at Fairfield Avenue and Taylor Street, killing Harold Bebout and leaving Starr in serious condition. Starr Bebout later died from her injuries.

Hurtado pleaded guilty in November to two counts of causing death while operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.

The plea agreement Hurtado signed in November provided for a maximum sentence of 40 years. As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped two counts of murder, among other charges.