A Cookeville woman who was killed in a traffic accident that resulted in a prison sentence for the driver was not drinking the night she died, according to police and the victim's mother.

A previous report on the sentencing of the driver stated that both the driver and the victim, a passenger in that car, had been drinking the night of the fatal crash, but this was based on erroneous information and not correct.

Last month it was reported that Sharon Bruce, the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro that collided with a church van and resulted in the death of Debra L. Hayes, 45, of Putnam County, received 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide.

Hayes had not been drinking the night of the crash and an autopsy showed that reports she may be pregnant were not true.

Hayes' mother said this week that her daughter had moved into an apartment next to Bruce and had only known her for just over two months.

The Chronicle apologizes for the error and is happy to set the record straight.

"I think it is important for the community to know and appreciate that it has a Criminal Court judge who is not going to tolerate this behavior," noted McKenzie.

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