Woman sentenced following 2017 deadly crash in Buncomb Co.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A woman was sentenced to 10 to 21 months in prison after she was found guilty of felony involuntary manslaughter following a week-long trial.

According to a Buncombe County District Attorney news release, Polina Sluder, 26, was found guilty and along with her prison sentence was ordered to pay $5,821 in restitution and court costs.

Back on Feb. 19, 2017, Sluder was driving more than 60 mph on Patton Avenue when her car hit and killed Jorge Alberto Flores, 62, as he was pulling out of a parking lot.

Flores was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the release, Flores was making a left hand turn from the Goodwill parking lot to travel west on Patton Avenue when his car was hit by Sluder, who was driving eastbound in a Mazda 3.

Sluder was reportedly driving 62 mph in a 35 mph zone.

According to the release, she was also found guilty of a misdemeanor speed violation and reckless driving to endanger.

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