HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) — A Hutchinson woman whose car went off a road, killing one person and injuring six others, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

Viola Rhodes, 31, pleaded guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and six counts of aggravated battery. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed not to charge her with reckless second-degree murder.

Rhodes was driving a carload of people on Dec. 5 when her vehicle went off a road and overturned near Yoder.

One passenger, Brian Bookout, 44, was thrown from the vehicle and later died. Two other passengers were hospitalized and four others were treated at the scene.

According to the Hutch Post, victims testified that the accident happened after Rhodes purposely jerked the wheel in retaliation for her passengers expressing concern that she was looking at her phone while driving. 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.