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Carmel Woman Sentenced in Fatal 2018 DUI Collision

An 18-year-old Carmel woman who was under the influence and driving during a 2018 collision in Carmel Valley that killed her passenger and severely injured the driver of another vehicle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Margot McNally, appearing before Judge Carrie Panetta in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence and one count of driving under the influence causing injury to Sarah Coleman.

McNally and Annabelle Vandenbroucke, 16, were returning home on Carmel Valley Road after an afternoon of drinking at The Bucket in Carmel Valley, according to the District Attorney's office, when McNally drove over the double yellow line and head-on into a vehicle driven by Sarah Coleman.

Vandenbroucke died of her injuries six days later. Coleman sustained numerous serious injuries from the collision.

California Highway Patrol officers at the scene noticed that McNally "objective signs of intoxication" and conducted a blood test that showed a blood alcohol level of .11 percent three hours after the collision. "Her blood alcohol level would have been as high as a .17 at the time of the collision, two times the legal limit," according to the district attorney.

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