Laura Flanders, Who Was So "Dazed" She Drank Nail Polish Before Fatally Running Over Peoria High Schooler, Gets Prison Time

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The woman who told police she was so "dazed" that she drank nail polish before fatally running over an 18-year-old Peoria high school student in 2010 was sentenced today to six years in prison.

Joey Romero was walking home from his job at the 99 Cent Store near 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road in October 2010, when a car jumped the curb and hit him, before the driver sped away.

Peoria police had an idea that then 23-year-old Laura Flanders was the driver since the day after Romero was killed -- chalking it up to tips from the community -- and police impounded her Chevy Trailblazer shortly after that.

According to court documents previously obtained by New Times, Flanders was on an unspecified prescription medication that came with instructions to not drive.

"Laura was not coherent to her actions by her complete disregard to proper medications and not to drive while under the medications," the documents said.

Flanders told police she thought she had hit a pole or a bush, so she drove away, and said she didn't even remember where she'd hit this object, which was actually Romero.

She also told police that she was so out of it from her medication that earlier that night, she drank nail polish, before she realized what it was and spit it out.

"I was too dazed," Flanders told police, per a probable-cause statement. "I probably should not have been driving."

As part of a plea deal, Flanders was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of probation for negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

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5 comments
aceofspeeds
aceofspeeds

This is freaking scary; whatever medication she was on should be banned

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

WTF, are kidding me? 6 fng years for driving while under the influence of drugs, killing somebody and leaving the scene of the accident, had to be a WHITE person driving and the victim a HISPANIC, had that been the opposite, man, the HISPANIC would've been thrown in prison for life probably, 'cause You know how descrimination works, specially here in Arizona.

Homer
Homer

Stupid Flanders.   Doh!

Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

Sounds like Ambien. You can do weird stuff and never remember what happened.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Doesn't seem like the sentence is harsh enough for killing another human being, even if it was unintentional.  She gets out in 6 years, the kid remains dead and the kid's family remains devasated forever.

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