Prison term meted out in 2009 DUI death
Thursday, September 8, 2011
A Brookville woman was sentenced to three to six years in state prison Wednesday in connection with the death of a Sykesville woman in a vehicle crash in July 2009.
Emily C. Kerr was sentenced for homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. She was the driver of a Jeep that crashed on Donnelly Road in Winslow Township July 14, 2009, killing Kari Young of Sykesville and injuring Allison N. Knouse of DuBois.
At the time of the accident, DuBois-based state police said Young, 23, was a passenger in the back seat of a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Kerr, 21.
Kerr was traveling at a high rate of speed when the SUV left the right berm and hit a large boulder. The vehicle rolled over several times as it went down an embankment before hitting a large tree and coming to rest on its roof.
Young, a 2004 graduate of DuBois Area High School, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Knouse, 23, was the front seat passenger. She and Kerr were flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital.
Carl "Gene" Young, Kari's father, spoke for the family.
He read an emotionally charged statement concerning the pain that his family endured. He made references to the bars of a jail that are gone in time, but the bars of his family's loss will never go away. He said there is "no parole, no time off for good behavior" from their grief.
Kerr, standing by her attorney Gregory Bazylak, was visibly upset when she said how sorry she is for Young's death. She apologized to the family and said she would "trade her life for Young's if it were possible."
Judge John H. Foradora said no sentence can compensate a family for the loss of a family member. He told Kerr that she can go to prison and do nothing or try to do something to help others.
In addition to the prison sentence, Kerr was given four years probation consecutive to the homicide by vehicle sentence for violating her 2009 probation for possession of a controlled substance.
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By Herb McConnell, Jeffersonian Democrat.
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