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Taylors woman convicted of DWI in deadly crash killing friend

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TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate woman was convicted on Wednesday of driving while impaired in a crash killing a passenger in her car.

On May 22, 2015, 22-year-old Samantha Reynolds of Taylors and 24-year-old Brooke Skelton of Greer were traveling on Highway 108 after visiting Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.

Around 11 p.m., the vehicle driven by Reynolds wrecked, flipping multiple times before landing upside down in the parking lot of Midway Baptist. Authorities said Shelton, who was seat-belted, was crushed to death in the crash.

Reynolds, who was not wearing a seat belted, was treated for minor injuries.

In court, Reynolds testified that a deer ran in front of her car causing the accident, but she tested positive for marijuana and had a blood alcohol content of .11 after the collision.

Troopers said she was speeding by at least 15 miles per hour.

Reynolds was sentenced to 63 months in prison but will be considered for release after 42 months after jury deliberated for four hours.

She has filed a notice of appeal for her conviction.

“Unfortunately, Ms. Reynolds does not understand the gravity of her role in her friend’s death," said District Attorney Greg Newman. "Maybe now she will reflect on her actions and obtain some understanding of why she is serving an active prison sentence."

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