Rebecca Benson, the woman charged with driving drunk in the wrong direction on Interstate 65 and causing a fatal wreck, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and felony reckless endangerment Friday morning.
Benson received an effective 10-year sentence, according to a release from the Davidson County District Attorney Office’s.
In February, Benson crashed into the car driven by 29-year-old Steffanie Leonard, who died at the scene. At the time of the wreck, a Metro police officer responding to the crash said Benson was confused and thought she was in a taxi because she was too drunk to drive. Her blood alcohol content was found to be .23.
As part of her plea agreement, Benson, now 23, will serve two years in jail and then will be on supervised probation for the remaining eight years of the sentence.
During her probation, Benson will be required to work or attend school full time, wear an alcohol monitoring device for the first six months, complete 80 hours of community service work per year for each of the eight years, speak to high school or college classes about the dangers of drinking and driving at least three times a year for the first five years of her probation, and will have her license revoked for six years.