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Teen guilty of manslaughter in deadly Lebanon crash sentenced to prison

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Kathryn Schilz during previous court appearance. Kathryn Schilz during previous court appearance.
Kathryn Schilz, jail booking photo Kathryn Schilz, jail booking photo
Deadly crash scene on Airport Road in Lebanon, April 2015 Deadly crash scene on Airport Road in Lebanon, April 2015
Tonya Thompson was killed in a head-on crash in Lebanon in April. Tonya Thompson was killed in a head-on crash in Lebanon in April.
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

A teen attempting to commit suicide in a car crash that took the life of another woman was sentenced to six years in prison.

Kathryn Schilz, now 18 years old, was arrested following the head-on crash on Airport Road in April.

Investigators said Schilz was driving a 2005 Mitsubishi when she crossed the center line and hit a 1999 Subaru Outback.

The Outback rolled onto its side in a ditch. The driver of the Outback, 40-year-old Tonya Thompson of Lebanon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends said Thompson was driving home from her new job when she was hit.

Schilz, who was 17 years old at the time of the crash, was trapped in her car and rescued by Lebanon firefighters. She was flown to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

After she was released from the hospital, Schilz was arrested on the charge of first-degree manslaughter, a Measure 11 offense.

Deputies said Schilz was trying to take her own life in the crash and witnesses described Schilz deliberately steering into oncoming traffic.

Schilz was a West Albany High School student who was enrolled in Linn-Benton Community College through the advanced diploma program.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced Wednesday to 75 months in jail and her license was permanently revoked.

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