Mom gets 5 years for crash that killed daughter

Shea Goss

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A mother was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years probation for the crash that killed her 4-year-old daughter last year.

Shea Goss, 32, crashed her car into a cluster of oak trees along Riata Vista Circle in Northwest Austin in February 2013. Police found prescription medicine bottles containing muscle relaxants and pain medication in her car.

The bottles were labeled with stickers warning that they could cause drowsiness and should not be taken before driving.

According to the affidavit, police attempted to interview Goss at the hospital where she was taken, but found her to be unresponsive and incoherent.

All the children in the car — 5-year-old boy and twin four-year-old girls —  were taken to Dell Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Police said one of the twins, Averee, died at the hospital a few hours later; the rest of the children were expected to recover from their injuries.

Terms of Goss’s parole prohibit her from having contact with the children without permission of a caregiver.

Goss had be in jail since her arrest and will be eligible for parole. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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