An out-of-state woman confessed to drinking at a bar in the Hudson Valley before causing a fatal wrong-way crash.

On Wednesday, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced a woman pleaded guilty in Orange County Court to aggravated vehicular homicide.

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The guilty plea comes after a fatal crash on June 24, 2023, on Route 9W in the Town Of Newburgh.

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Wrongway Fatal Crash On Route 9W Between Ulster & Orange Counties

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Nicholle Hoke, 45, of Shawnee, Oklahoma drove her Kia southbound in the northbound lane of travel.

Her car hit a Honda driven by a 50-year-old man with three passengers, including a 10-month-old child and a 60-year-old woman.

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The woman was sitting in the front seat.

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The 60-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

One other person suffered serious injuries, officials say.

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Hoke confessed she was driving to her hotel from a bar in New Paltz where she was drinking. At St. Luke's Hospital, her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit at 0.16%.

“Driving while intoxicated is a senseless, incredibly dangerous and criminal act,” Hoovler stated. “Unfortunately, the lives of the victims in this case and their families are forever altered because of the choices made by this defendant.

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Hoke is expected to be sentenced in late July.

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As part of her plea agreement, it's expected she will be sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison.

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