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35 years in jail for drunk driver in Kentucky who killed 11-year-old cyclist

Woman admits she had been drinking at the wheel at time fatal collision took place

A drunk driver in Kentucky who killed an 11-year-old boy who was riding his bike has been sentenced to 35 years in jail after being convicted of murder, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and driving under the influence.

Dylan Geitgey died last June after being hit by a car driven by 31-year-old Angela Baumia, herself a mother of two. He had been out for a bike ride with two friends.

Sentencing in such cases in Kentucky is at the discretion of the jury. Defence attorney Stephen Ryan had asked for the minimum sentence to be applied, reports the Courier-Journal.

Baumia, who was formally sentenced by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Brian Edwards, will be eligible for parole in 20 years’ time. Besides the 35-year sentence for murder, she was also given four years for the charge of wanton endangerment, and two years for criminal mischief.

She also had a history of alcoholism, and although she had received treatment in the past she told the court that she had returned to drinking following her mother's death, according to Baumia had previously been convicted of drunk-driving in 2004.

She confessed that she had been consuming alcohol at a party and and had been drinking beer from an open bottle as she drove her car prior to the fatal crash taking place.

Due to the fact that the sentence is in excess of 20 years, the case now heads as a matter of procedure to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The sentence applied in Baumia's case contrasts sharply with those applicable to similar cases here, although clearly there is a distinction to be drawn in that she was charged with murder, rather than a driving-related offence.

In the UK, the offences of causing death by dangerous driving or causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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tired old fart | 12 years ago

could they not have given her an extra 25 years for having a bloody stupid name and coming from one of the most racist states un the U.S.

Karbon Kev | 12 years ago

At last! Common sense prevails at least in the states, charging this irresponsible driver with MURDER and not a puny drink-driving charge. Which is exactly what it is.

Now we just need the ridiculous - and very lax - judicial system in the UK to wake up and be more assertive.

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