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Driver Enters Guilty Plea in Double-Fatal Cromwell Crash

Updated: 03/18/2014 10:51 PM
Created: 03/18/2014 5:00 PM WDIO.com

The woman charged in a double-fatal Carlton County crash has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

28-year-old Vanessa Brigan entered the guilty pleas in court Tuesday.  During the hearing, she admitted to taking a double dose of methadone to get high before the Oct. 1, 2012 crash on Highway 210 near Cromwell.

Brigan admitted to beign responsible for the deaths of Mitch Lingren and Zak Gamache, who worked on the Carlton County survey crew and were killed in the crash while driving to a job site.  Lingren had two young children.

According to a crimimal complaint, law enforcement found a syringe and used needle in Brigan's vehicle after the crash. A bottle of methadone prescribed to her hours before the crash, along with another needle and syringe, were also found at the scene.

A plea deal calls for Brigan to serve a total of six years in prison with credit for time served.  Brigan will also be on probation once released from prison.  Probation terms will be set at an April 14 sentencing hearing.

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