Woman Gets 2 Years in Prison in Fatal Wrong-Way Wreck in Miami-Dade

A woman who killed a motorcyclist in a wrong-way wreck on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade nearly two years ago will be spending the next two years behind bars.

Clarissa Vargas, 24, pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter Wednesday in the July 2014 crash that killed Norman Mello. The victim's family was in court for the plea hearing.

"We show no anger, no remorse to the Vargas family," brother Scott Mello said.

Vargas was drunk when she drove head-on into Mello, who was on his motorcycle. He flipped over, crashing through her windshield and dying in the back seat of her car. Vargas was critically injured and spent months in the hospital.

The victim's brother asked Vargas to do something special on the anniversary of his brother's death.

"That you go to your church and on that night you light a candle for yourself and for Norman," he said. "All I can really say is to use better judgment and hopefully it doesn't happen to somebody else."

Vargas had one last chance to hug her mom before starting her prison sentence. After her two-year prison sentence, Vargas will be on house arrest for a couple of years and on probation for six years after that.

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