Walker woman gets 10-year term in vehicular homicide case

A state district judge sentenced a Walker woman to serve 10 years in prison after the woman pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, the District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Donna Breaux, 44, of Cane Market Road, will serve her sentence without the benefit of probation or parole, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Breaux was driving south in a curve on La. 16 in French Settlement when she crossed the centerline and collided with a van, 21st Judicial District prosecutors said.

The driver of the van, Bonnie Kaye Sanders, 71, died from her injuries.

Investigators later discovered Breaux had amphetamines, hydrocodone, cocaine and marijuana in her system at the time of the crash.

She was arrested and booked on Sept. 6, 2012, with vehicular homicide.

Family and friends of Sanders said she had devoted her life to helping people with drug or alcohol addictions, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Sanders served with the Betty Ford Center, a California rehabilitation center. She later became co-founder and director of Jason’s Retreat in Bakersfield, Calif., a rehab center that gives women temporary shelter with their children.

Judge Zorraine M. Waguespack handed down Breaux’s 10-year sentence Monday.