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Woman takes plea deal in Peoria fatal hit-and-run

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Joey Romero was killed in 2010 by hit-and-run driver. Joey Romero was killed in 2010 by hit-and-run driver.

A Phoenix woman behind the wheel of a car that hit and killed a teenager in Peoria will serve four to six years in prison according to terms of a plea deal.

Laura Flanders will also be on supervised probation for seven years when she gets out of prison.

Her sentencing is set for Jan. 17.

On Oct. 29, 2010, Joey Romero, 18, was walking home from his job at the 99 Cents Only Store at 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road when he was hit by a vehicle that drove up onto the sidewalk. The driver fled the scene.

Flanders of Phoenix later admitted to not knowing her location as she drove her Chevy Trailblazer at 42 mph onto the sidewalk, police said.

It was later found that she had disregarded proper use of certain medications and their effect on driving.

According to court records, Flanders said she knew she hit something but thought it was a tree, a pole or a bush. She was so heavily medicated that she was unaware that she had drunk nail polish earlier until she spit it out, police said.

Joey's Law, named after Romero and designed to crack down on hit-and-run drivers, took effect in Arizona earlier this year. [READ: New Arizona law cracks down on hit-and-run drivers]

Joey's Law requires that any driver who fails to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury will automatically have their license suspended for five years.

If the accident results in death the license will be suspended for 10 years, not including jail time.

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