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Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018 5:00 am | Updated: 3:17 pm, Mon Sep 10, 2018.

By Sean P. Ray

Herald Staff Writer

A Pleasantville woman was recently sentenced to serve a maximum of two years in prison for a fatal crash which took place in Titusville two years ago.

Sharon L. Brittain, 49, of 22462 Sahmburg St. was sentenced on charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence Tuesday in a sentencing hearing before Crawford County Judge Mark D. Stevens.

According to Crawford County Assistant District Attorney Craig Howe, Brittain was sentenced to serve between 11 1/2 months to two years imprisonment and a $500 for her charge of involuntary manslaughter, and between 72 hours to six months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine for her charge of DUI. However, the jail time for both charges will run concurrently, meaning that Brittain will be held for a maximum of two years.

Upon release, Brittain will also serve three years probation for the involuntary manslaughter charge, according to Howe.

There initially were other charges stemming from the crash. However, in a plea bargain which took place on May 24, Brittain pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI in exchange for the other charges, which included homicide, being dropped.

The crash took place on West Central Avenue. According to Titusville Police, Brittain was attempting to pull out of the parking lot of the Titusville Moose Lodge No. 84, located at 614 West Central Ave., at around 9:55 p.m. As she pulled out of the lot, she came into the path of a vehicle driven by Joyce Fenstermaker, which was heading westbound on the road, causing the two to collide almost head-on, according to police.

The affidavit for the crash stated that police detected the smell of alcohol from Brittain and performed a field sobriety test. Brittain admitted to having “a couple drinks” during the test, according to the affidavit.

A later blood test determined that Brittain’s blood alcohol level was at 0.203 percent. Pennsylvania law dictates that a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered under the influence of alcohol for operating a vehicle.

Brittain will serve her sentence at the Crawford County Correctional Facility.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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