Queets woman sentenced to two years for fatal car crash

Tacoma, Washington (AP) 3-08

A 20-year-old Queets woman was sentenced to slightly more than two years in prison for a car crash that killed two of her friends.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Sela Anne Kalama will also be required to spend three years on supervised release, during which she must abstain from alcohol and perform 200 hours of community service.

Kalama pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting that she was drunk one year ago when she drove her car – with six teenage passengers – into the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. 16-year-old Vanna Francis and 15-year-old Ronnie Scroggins drowned.

The teens who survived said Kalama was text-messaging on her cell phone before the crash, and that she had been drinking at a party on the Lower Elwha Klallam Reservation.

U.S. District Judge Ben Settle told Kalama there was so sentence he could hand down that would punish her more than her own guilt.