A Tulsa woman waived her right to trial and entered a blind plea in the deaths of two sisters in a crash law enforcement said was caused by drinking and driving. Christina Cantrell will be sentenced September 27.
Witnesses said she ran a red light and hit a car full of teenagers and an infant, killing 12-year-old Jacquiline Avina and 16-year-old Maria Avina on August 9, 2014. The fatality crash took place at about 11:15 p.m. on 21st Street at the Highway 169 bridge in east Tulsa.
Corporal Brian Collum said Cantrell had been out drinking at a few bars before getting into a fight with a friend and taking off in an SUV. She was westbound on 21st Street at a high rate of speed when she ran a red light and slammed into a small silver car that was turning left onto the 169 entrance ramp, he said.
At least 11 family members of the two girls who were killed were present in court Thursday for the plea.
Cantrell was also emotional, crying throughout the court proceeding. She will serve 85 percent of the sentence she receives next month.