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Drunken driver who struck, killed worker in Brook Park construction zone sentenced to at least 10 years

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:50 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The woman who pleaded guilty to hitting two construction workers and killing one of them while driving intoxicated on I-71 in Brook Park faced a judge for sentencing on Wednesday.

Sabra Tolliver, 33, was sentenced by a Cuyahoga County judge to a prison term of between 10 and 12 years.

According to investigators, Tolliver was driving drunk when she crashed into the workers in October 2019.

One of the victims, identified as 61-year Rafael Solis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This victim was working on his birthday to provide for his family,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “He was tragically killed, and another victim was seriously injured, due to this individual’s selfish actions. Our thoughts remain with the victims’ families, friends, and coworkers.”

The second worker suffered several broken bones, but did survive.

Following the crash, Tolliver fled the scene, but was later arrested in a Chipotle restaurant parking lot on Bagley Road.

Tolliver pleaded guilty to various charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, OVI, and not stopping after an accident.

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