A Quad Cities woman is taking the blame for a fatal wreck that claimed the life of a family member. Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Alexander of Bettendorf is pleading guilty to serious injury by motor vehicle while operating under the influence.

 That’s in connection with an early morning May 21st crash in central Davenport that killed her older sister, 23-year-old-Amanda Alexander of Bettendorf, who was a front-seat passenger, and injured a back-seat passenger and the other motorist.

Police say Kelsey Alexander, who also was hurt in the wreck, crossed the center line. They say both alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the wreck. Scott County Attorney Michael Walton says the charge against Kelsey Alexander pertains to the injury of the other driver, not the death of her sister. He says she could get up to five years in prison when sentenced October 14th.

A charge of vehicular homicide could have netted her 25 years in prison.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport