Driver Sentenced in Crash that Killed Litchfield Woman 29 Mar 17

LITCHFIELD — A 29-year-old woman will serve a 50-month prison sentence for a fiery vehicle crash that killed a Litchfield woman.

The West Central Tribune reports District Judge Stephanie Beckman sentenced Noelle Anise Pridgen on Monday in Meeker County District Court to 50 months in prison on a felony conviction for criminal vehicular homicide. The judge also sentenced her to a concurrent sentence of 28 months in prison on a second count of criminal vehicular homicide, and to 365 days in jail on third- and fourth-degree counts of the charge, also to be served concurrently. She was granted 224 days’ credit for time served in jail.

She is currently held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for Women.

Pridgen pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 5. She told the court she was driving to Willmar and believes she fell asleep when she went through a stop sign in Darwin. She also admitted that she had ingested cocaine two days earlier, according to the court records.

36-year-old Christina Crottier died in the crash and her husband, 35-year-old Billy Crottier, suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Their children, 3-year-old Alexis Crottier and 7-year-old Zachary Crottier, were also seriously injured.

Pridgen and her passenger, Tamya Hill, then 20-years-old, of Kittery, Maine, also suffered serious injuries.