Woman Sentenced to Jail, Probation After Fatal Accident on Verona Road

Kayla Hoffman faces up to 10 years in jail and 15 years of probation.

A New Kensington woman has been sentenced to jail and probation following a February 2012 fatal car accident on Verona Road in Penn Hills—close to Verona Borough.

On Monday, Kayla Dawn Hoffman, 29, was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail after an accident that killed 25-year-old Kayla Johnson-Ukeyne, according to court documents. Hoffman has been serving time at the Allegheny County Jail since Feb. 26, 2012.

According to the Tribune-Review, Hoffman also has been sentenced to 15 years on probation with weekly drug testing.

Hoffman pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of driving under the influence and several traffic violations.

Hoffman was accused of hitting Johnson-Ukeyne's vehicle on Verona Road and killing her while she was fleeing from Allegheny County police. Police found drugs in her system and in her possession.


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Jaun January 07, 2013 at 07:39 PM
10 years for a life? this wasnt an auto accident. she was high on drugs , drunk and trying to out run the police. i call that murder. 10 years very low price for a life!
Ernie January 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Wow. Another great example of the value we place on a human life in America.
Sue counahan January 08, 2013 at 02:59 PM
The second disgraceful sentence in a week for the same crime!!! What is going on with the judging in Allegheny County? First Christine Beilstein's killer get 5-10 years for killing her and 2-4 years for putting her 9yr old son in a coma and concurrently, not consecutively- so its like he gets credit for 2 crimes in one punishment - way to stab at her families' hearts even more! Now this young girl Kayla gets no justice!!! I think the criminals get more "time " for armed robbery than drunk driving and killing. WAKE UP PITTSBURGH- we got a troubled legal system and we have to complain!!! We have to take a Stand and find a way to change the laws!!! God bless both families!!!
Robert Brayer January 10, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I agree with Sue we have a lot of problems with the legal system here in Allegheny County and we should show up at the Allegheny County meetings and tell all those wealthy reps. that we need to have some changes made! Elections coming and thats when they open up to suggestions but record their answers because they forget what they said just to get back into office.


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