Ohio woman pleads guilty in river crash that killed boy, 4

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 11:05 AM

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A woman who authorities say was drunk when her car went into a river, killing her friend's 4-year-old son, has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.

Lindsey Gundlach, 32, of Huron, entered the plea Monday and will face up to eight years in prison when she is sentenced in November.

Gundlach had a blood-alcohol content of 0.127 percent, above Ohio's legal limit of 0.08 percent for drivers, after her car plunged into the Huron River in December with her friend's 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter inside.

The children's mother went into the river but only the girl could be rescued from the vehicle before it became submerged.

Authorities said Gundlach was backing out of her friend's driveway but didn't stop when she reached a road. Her car then crossed the road and drove into the river.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with Gundlach's attorney.

Divers were called to locate 4-year-old Javin Jaques and free him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.