Lehigh Valley woman charged with driving drunk in crash that killed 22-year-old

An Allentown woman was speeding and intoxicated when she caused a crash that killed a 22-year-old woman, according to a news release.

Amanda Ritter, 29, was driving her SUV without a license when she collided with a Chevrolet Malibu, killing Yasmine Woodruff of Allentown, according to a news release issued Friday from the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office. Woodruff was the front seat passenger in the Malibu, it says.

All six people who survived the Jan. 14 crash were injured, the release says. Four of them suffered serious injuries that were at one point life threatening, the release says. The crash was at 8:16 p.m. Jan. 14 at Overlook and Mauch Chunk roads in Allentown.

The passengers in the Saturn VUE driven by Ritter were Tyler Skulteti, 23, of Allentown; and Antoine Thompson, 31, of Allentown. Skulteti owned the VUE, the release says.

The driver of the Malibu was Keiana Allen, 19. A 16-year-old and an 8-year-old were in the back seat of the Malibu. All three of them live in the 1600 block of Alta Drive in Whitehall Township, the release says.

Ritter is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence. She’s also charged with homicide by vehicle, five counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and five counts of aggravated assault by vehicle.

Ritter is charged with six counts of accidents involving death or injury, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of driving under the influence and single counts of careless driving, speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

Ritter is in Lehigh County Jail on an earlier pending charge and will be arraigned Friday on the new charges, the release says. She lives in the 700 block of West Whitehall Street.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.