Woman who killed 3 people in wrong-way crash on I-75 sentenced to 40 years
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A woman who in 2019 killed three people in a wrong-way crash on I-75 was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday.
Tammy Rodriguez appeared in Fayette County Court to hear her sentence. Rodriguez was charged with two counts of murder and one county of manslaughter, among others.
Investigators said Rodriguez was fleeing from Winchester police in September 2019, when she made a U-turn on the I-64/I-75 split in Fayette County and began driving the wrong way on the road. She hit a Chevrolet Sonic head-on then spun around and hit another car.
The two people in the Chevrolet, Taylor Blevins and Caitlyn Bailey, a pair of sisters from Georgetown, were both killed in the crash, as well as Rodriguez’s sister, who was a passenger in her truck at the time. Their families went before the judge Thursday, pleading for a strict sentence.
“She forever changed our lives and our family’s lives. She murdered my two beautiful daughters,” one family member said. “I believe Ms. Rodriguez should serve the maximum time because there’s nothing that can bring them back. There’s nothing that can make up for what we’ve lost.”
The prosecutor recommended 20-year sentences for each murder charge, saying Rodriguez had ample time to pull over before the wreck happened. The 40 years will run consecutively. Other charges will run concurrently.
Rodriguez acknowledged the families, telling them she was sorry.
“I live with this tragedy that I have caused every moment. It has been a whole life change for your family and mine. I’m asking with my whole heart for you to forgive me in God’s time, not mine.”
She’ll be eligible for parole after 20 years.