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Driver in crash that killed Litchfield woman to serve 50 months

Noelle Anise Pridgen

LITCHFIELD — Noelle Anise Pridgen, 29, will serve a 50-month prison sentence for a fiery vehicle crash that killed a Litchfield woman.

District Judge Stephanie Beckman sentenced Pridgen on Monday in Meeker County District Court to 50 months in prison on a felony conviction for criminal vehicular homicide. The judge also sentenced her to a concurrent sentence of 28 months in prison on a second count of criminal vehicular homicide, and to 365 days in jail on third- and fourth-degree counts of the charge, also to be served concurrently. She was granted 224 days' credit for time served in jail.

She is currently held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for Women.

Pridgen pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 5. She told the court she was driving to Willmar and believes she fell asleep when she went through a stop sign in Darwin. She also admitted that she had ingested cocaine two days earlier, according to the court records.

Christina L. Crottier, 36, died in the crash and her husband, Billy J. Crottier, 35, suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Their children, 3-year-old Alexis Crottier and 7-year-old Zachary Crottier, were also seriously injured.

Pridgen and her passenger, Tamya D. Hill, then 20, of Kittery, Maine, also suffered serious injuries.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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