Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.
An 18-year-old Utah woman who drove away from a crash that injured eight pedestrians outside a North Las Vegas church last summer has been sentenced to three to 12 years in prison.
Shackled in chains in Clark County District Court this morning, Nyakueth Tear cried softly as Judge James Bixler imposed the sentence.
Her attorney, Ron Paulson, said the punishment was too harsh, noting that Tear had no previous criminal record. “She’s never been in trouble a day in her life,” he said.
She then crashed her Mitsubishi into a piece of construction equipment and ran away from the wrecked car, North Las Vegas Police said.
She was identified as the driver by a victim and a witness, police said.
A 54-year-old man was critically hurt in the crash. Seven others, including a pregnant woman, were not seriously injured.
Tear reportedly told police that she had been in the Las Vegas area for a week, living out of the Mitsubishi. Police said she didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance, and the car registration was expired.