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Woman convicted in DUI crash, sentenced to 7 years in prison

Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 14:52:42-05

UPDATE (November 16, 2017 11:55 a.m.): Bianca Franco, was sentenced to seven years in prison today, Thursday November 16, 2017. 

Franco was convicted of driving under the influence in the March 2015 crash that left Linda Pavletich seriously injured. 

Franco was driving with a blood alcohol level of .21 when she rear-ended Paveltich's car at 85 miles per hour. 


UPDATE (November 15, 2017 11:30 a.m.): Bianca Franco, the woman convicted in a crash that severely injured Linda Pavletich in 2015 is scheduled to be sentenced in court tomorrow, Thursday November 16, 2017. 


A woman was convicted in a DUI crash that caused life-altering injuries for a local business owner and school board member, the Kern County District Attorney announced Wednesday.

Bianca Franco was convicted in court Wednesday morning of all counts in a crash that severely injured Linda Pavletich in 2015. 

Pavletich, 72, was rear-ended as Franco was traveling approximately 85 miles per hour on Rosedale Highway near Calloway Road on March 1, 2015.

According to Bakersfield Police, Franco had an excessive alcohol level of .21% at the time of the crash. She was previously convicted of impaired driving in 2006, according to the DA's Office.

Pavletich was a co-owner of Premier Lighting and served 36 years on the school board for Rio Bravo Greeley District. After the crash, she now requires 24-hour care. 

Franco was convicted of a felony while driving under the influence. Her sentencing is set for November 16 and she faces up to eight years in prison.