MIAMI (WSVN) - A South Florida woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison and seven years following probation after she accepted a plea deal connected to a deadly wreck.

Catherine Capozzi was in court Monday morning nearly three years after she was behind the wheel that caused a bad wreck along Interstate 95 near Northwest 103rd Street.

“You will never suffer the pain that I have gone through. The pain that my mother has gone through, the pain that my husband has gone through,” said Maria Vasco, the victim’s mother. “Losing a child is so much more than losing the person. The loss extends to every area of your life.”

Vasco was with her son in another vehicle when they were hit by Capozzi.

“Because of your poor decisions in life, I had to recklessly suffer the consequences,” said Vasco.

According to investigators, Capozzi was traveling nearly 90 miles per hour and was high on fentanyl and cocaine, when she slammed into a black Nissan that was parked in the emergency shoulder.

Vasco’s 15-year-old son, Joel Romero, would not survive the crash.

Vasco was in a coma for nearly a month, but would eventually recover and has since been waiting for justice to prevail for her son.

“It’s something that was much needed, I’m glad I was able to give her a piece of my mind, and I can grieve my son properly as he deserves to be grieved,” said Vasco.

Capozzi will be transferred to state custody where she will begin her 15 year sentence.

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