A Franklin County woman will spend the next three to six years in state prison. Mary Bonebrake was driving under the influence on July 29, 2010 when she hit another car head-on, killing 16 year-old Angalena Robinson.
Robinson was a sweet, energetic teenager full of ambitions and dreams. On July 29, she was riding in her best friend Chelsey Nichols' car when the accident happened in Quincy Township.
During Bonebrake's sentencing Thursday, Nichols mother told the court -- and Bonebrake -- of the pain her daughter has suffered since watching her best friend die in the accident.
She said her daughter and Robinson were "forced to be part of Mary Bonebrake's selfish actions."
The tragic accident has inspired Robinson's family to spread awareness about DUI. Before the accident, Robinson spent her spare time fixing up a 1972 Pontiac LeMans.
She never got to finish the project but, after the accident, her family did so in her honor. Now, they take the car to car shows and share Angalena's story and the dangers of driving under the influence.
They have also started a petition for legislation, called Lena's Law, that seeks stricter penalties for DUI's in Pennsylvania.
Robinson's mother, Tammy Lushbaugh, said if all of her efforts save just one life, they will be worth it.
"Our path in life now is a total different direction and that's to keep Angalena's memory alive, and her dream, and to try to save others out there," she said.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:12 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:12:56 GMT
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