A 28-year-old Richmond woman was sentenced today to 16 years in state prison for a drunken driving accident in Oakland two years ago that killed her domestic partner as well as her partner’s brother and twin 3-year-old sons. Tiffany Reynolds pleaded guilty on April 14 to four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the accident, which took place at about 1:30 a.m. on May 25, 2009, on northbound Interstate Highway 880 near the Hegenberger Road exit.
She was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson at a hearing today. Alameda County prosecutors said Reynolds had a blood alcohol level of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit, and was traveling at speeds up to 90 mph. They said that as a result of Reynolds’ reckless driving, she lost control of a 1990 Honda Accord and crashed into a concrete support beam at the Hegenberger exit.
Killed were 23-year-old Sara Terra, who was Reynolds’ domestic partner and was pregnant, Terra’s twins, Jason and Jessie Woodson, and Terra’s brother, 20-year-old David Terra of Modesto. District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a statement, “Tiffany Reynolds killed four innocent young people because she drank and drove.
The grief felt by the family of the victims is immeasurable.” She said she hopes the sentencing “offers some closure and solace” to the victims’ family. O’Malley said Alameda is one of four counties selected by the state Legislature for a pilot project in which interlock devices must be installed on every vehicle of a person who has been convicted of driving under the influence. She said convicted drunk drivers must blow into such a device and if the device detects any alcohol the car will not start.
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