JAY – A Missouri woman convicted of negligent homicide has been sentenced to a year in the Delaware County jail.
Dawn Still O’Brien, 48, of Pineville, MO, was found guilty of causing the death of a 2 year-old boy in an automobile accident on November 5.
She was sentence to a year in jail, as well as being ordered to pay a $1000 fine and to pay restitution in the amount of $10,497.48.
According to records filed in the district court clerk’s office, on September 30, 2006, O’Brien collided with a vehicle driven by the child’s mother, Janie Bush, who had stopped on Hwy 412 approximately one mile west of West Siloam Springs, OK to allow another vehicle to enter the West Siloam Springs Speed Track.
Bush, in her statement, said she slowed to allow the vehicle in front of her to turn into the entrance of the track. She said she did not see the vehicle behind her and did not realize she had been struck until the vehicles came to a stop.
Bush, along with two other females in her vehicle, was transported to the hospital.
O’Brien was also transported to the hospital.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report, O’Brien was determined to have been traveling too fast for the existing conditions, as the sun was setting and O’Brien could not see well into the distance.
In the pre-sentencing investigation, O’Brien’s criminal history reflected a long history or prior offenses including driving under the influence of liquor, assault, credit card abuse, theft of property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, battery against correction officers, possession of a controlled substance, forgery, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DWI, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and endangering the welfare of a child, all dating back to 1984 and committed in several states including Alaska, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.