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Woman who hit, killed motorcyclist in Vancouver in 2014 sentenced to prison

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Tanya Leffler, jail booking photo Tanya Leffler, jail booking photo
Deadly crash scene on Padden Parkway in April 2014 Deadly crash scene on Padden Parkway in April 2014
Deadly crash scene on Padden Parkway in April 2014 Deadly crash scene on Padden Parkway in April 2014
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A woman who hit and killed a motorcyclist on Padden Parkway in Vancouver in April 2014 pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Monday.

Tanya Leffler was sentenced to more than seven years in prison following her plea.

According to court documents, Leffler, of Amboy, Washington, was on methamphetamine when she failed to stop her 2010 Mitsubishi Galant at a red light and was going upward of 55 mph when she slammed into the back of a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, James Luden, 54, was thrown 28 feet off his motorcycle, according to court documents, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Leffler's car continued to skid for more than 150 feet before coming to a stop in the middle of the intersection of Padden Parkway and Northeast 94th Avenue.

Leffler told police she did everything she could to stop, according to a probable cause affidavit, but said "the car just wouldn't stop."

Police said an inspection of the car showed that her brakes were working and in good condition.

Investigators said Leffler's license was suspended in December 2011 for failing to appear in court on an unpaid ticket. Her car was not covered by insurance.

A probable cause affidavit stated Leffler was uncooperative with officers as they obtained a blood draw search warrant that later showed she was under the influence of meth at the time of the crash.

While awaiting trial, Leffler missed a court appearance and was tracked down by a bail bondsman in October 2015 in Marion County. Dave Regan, owner of Regan Bail Bonds in Vancouver, told FOX 12 that Leffler was already on his radar because she had violated the conditions of her release twice.

Leffler was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison Monday, with credit for 110 days already served.

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