Woman charged in fatal Patton Ave. crash had multiple traffic violations in past 7 years

A woman charged in a deadly wreck last Sunday has had numerous traffic citations in the past few years, Buncombe County court records show.

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Polina Sluder, 26, was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger and misdemeanor speed violation (62 mph in a 35 mph zone) in connection with the Feb. 19 crash that killed Jorge Flores, 62, of Asheville.

Police said Sluder's car slammed into Flores' car as it pulled out of the Goodwill parking lot on Patton Avenue.

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According to court records, Sluder has been cited for a dozen speeding and reckless driving violations in the last seven years. She agreed she was responsible in six of those cases. The other six were dismissed.

Sluder was employed as a detention officer with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division on Dec. 10, 2016, the BCSO confirmed. The sheriff's office said as of Monday, Feb. 20, Sluder was no longer employed with the agency.

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