• Woman pleads guilty in crash that killed 3

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a crash that killed three people.

    Carlene Atkinson pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning.

    Prosecutors said in 2009, Atkinson was street racing against another driver, Tyler Stasko, on Highway 49 near Lake Wylie. Stasko crashed into Cynthia Furr's car, killing Furr, her 2-year-old daughter, and 13-year-old Hunter Holt, who was a passenger in Stasko's car.

    Prosecutors said Atkinson stopped briefly after the accident but then got back in her car and drove off. 

    “I think that said it all -- heartless and soulless,” said Hunter’s mother, Lisa Holt.

    Atkinson pleaded guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 32 months in prison. 

    “We were ready for the sentence the judge deemed appropriate, and she was ready to take her punishment and do her time,” said Gentry Caudill, Atkinson’s attorney.

    Lisa Holt said she was not satisfied with the sentence.

    “She was sentenced to the maximum. That’s all the law allows, but that’s not enough,” Holt said.

    A jury found Tyler Stasko guilty of involuntary manslaughter last year. He was sentenced to four to five years in prison.

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