Akron: Drivers sentenced for baby's death in DUI crash

2:27 PM, May 16, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- In August 2010, two drunk drivers crashed into each other and lived but a five-month-old baby in one of the vehicles died.

Today Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said Summit Common Pleas Court Judge Elinore Stormer sentenced Shauntae Marie Hill, 26, of Akron, to six years in prison and a lifetime driver's license suspension.

Stormer sentenced the baby's grandmother, Lynnette Hayward, 37, of Akron, to three days in jail, two years of community control, 30 days of house arrest and a six-month driver's license suspension.

In the early morning Aug. 29, 2010, Hayward picked up her five-month-old granddaughter from the home of a relative. Hayward was intoxicated after a night of drinking and failed to properly strap the baby into her car seat or secure the car seat in the car.

As Hayward drove home, her car was struck by a vehicle driven by Hill. Hill was also drunk at the time and traveling between 52 and 62 miles per hour.

She ran from the scene of the accident and was found a few blocks away, bleeding from the face. Her blood was found on the driver-side airbag. The force of the impact threw the baby from the car seat and under the front passenger seat, killing her.

On April 17, a jury found Hayward guilty of felony child endangering and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Hill was found guilty of felony aggravated vehicular homicide, felony involuntary manslaughter and OVI.


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