A Kernersville driver has pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle and causing serious injury by motor vehicle, also a felony.
The Kernersville driver is 38-year-old Amanda Eileen Lawson of Lower Creek Lane.
The charges relate to the November 8, 2019 crash that resulted in the death of 51-year-old William Allen Boles.
According to the prosecution, Lawson was already intoxicated when she turned into an ABC store to get more alcohol and struck Boles in the process.
When she appeared in the Forsyth Superior Court on Tuesday, Judge Alyson Grine gave Lawson a suspended sentence of four years and three months to six years and two months.
Meanwhile, the regional traffic safety prosecutor for the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys Aaron Berlin said Lawson also received an active sentence of 26 months.
Since she will get time-served for the 20 months she spent in the Forsyth County Jail while awaiting trial, the active sentence is effectively six months.
It was around 6 p.m. when Boles was riding his motorcycle in the northbound lane of N.C. 66 and Lawson was going south.
Berlin said Lawson made a left turn to go into the ABC store without yielding to traffic and this caused Boles to collide with her.
Boles was thrown from his motorcycle and he died at the scene as a result of blunt-force trauma.
Lawson’s mother, Edith Kathleen Harman, was a passenger in her vehicle. An indictment statement said she suffered a fractured skull, punctured lung, and broken ribs.
If your loved one died because of an impaired driver’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. This is separate from any criminal penalties the individual may face. Contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out if you have a case.