UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty in deadly DUI crash

Suzanne Whitlow
Suzanne Whitlow, pictured in January, 2016 (Photo Courtesy: LFUCG)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A woman responsible for the 2016 deaths of a Louisville police detective and a University of Kentucky employee pleaded guilty Friday, according to court records.

28-year-old Suzanne Whitlow pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence, according to court records.

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Whitlow entered an “open guilty plea”, which means the sentencing recommendation will be left up to the judge and not the prosecutor.

Whitlow admits to being impaired when she hit Detective Jason Schweitzer and UK employee Timothy Moore. She struck them on South Upper and Bolivar streets.

Whitlow also admitted to having several drinks before losing control of her vehicle, according to police.

Court records show Whitlow had completed alcohol driver education classes for a 2014 DUI conviction and license suspension a few weeks before the collision.

Fayette Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Bunnell scheduled sentencing for March 16th.

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