One year sentence for woman guilty of dangerous driving causing death
A young woman has been sentenced to one year behind bars in connection with a fatal crash in Oakridge last fall.
21-year-old Kelsey Tallman struck a motorcycle in an intersection after failing to stop at a yield sign.
53-year-old Kimberly Ellingson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her husband ‘dean’ suffered serious injuries.
Tallman was originally charged with several offences including impaired driving.
But she ended up pleading guilty to one charge of dangerous driving causing death.
Ellingson’s husband doesn’t agree with the sentence.
“Disgusted and disappointed,” Ellingson said outside of the court house.
“I still feel our system has failed, right from the way the police handled the blood alcohol samples, to the Supreme Court decisions that have affected this case.”
“I feel that it’s been an injustice. She’s been given 12 months,” added Ellingson. “Which of that we all know she is not going to serve a full 12 months.”
Before the sentence was handed down, close to a dozen victim impact statements were read.
Tallman, who had no previous criminal record, apologized to Ellingson’s family.
She could be out on parole in six to nine months.