NWGA Scanner | December 6th, 2021

Woman sentenced to 15 years in prison for March DUI crash that killed man in Rome

A Rome woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a man during a wreck on North Avenue while she was high on methamphetamine. Michelle Cantu, 49, of Rome, pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, DUI, and failure to maintain single lane charges in front of Floyd County Superior Court Judge Wetherington on Tuesday. Cantu was also ordered to serve an additional two years on probation after the completion of her 15 year prison sentence. She is ordered to pay $9,320 in restitution to pay for the funeral expenses of Hector Guzman, 37. Guzman was killed in the March 4th, 2021, crash when Cantu’s 2006 Volkswagen Jetta crossed the center line of traffic and struck the vehicle on North Avenue in front of PAWS (Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services. The Judge brought up Cantu’s long record of drug convictions as well as the fact that she had been given the opportunity to participate in the Floyd County drug court program prior to the incident.