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36 Year Sentence Handed Down In Fatal Colorado Car Accident

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The maximum sentence has just been handed down in the case of a Jan. 28, 2009 car accident that resulted in the death of Kate McClelland, 71, and Kathy Krasniewicz, 54. The two victims — both librarians from Riverside, Connecticut in Colorado for a conference — were in a taxi on their way to Denver International Airport when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Sandra Jacobson.

Julie Hayden, reporter for Denver’s KDVR Fox 31, brings us a description of the accident:

According to court record, Ms. Jacobson was on her way to the airport to ship a dog via airplane. One eyewitness saw Ms. Jacobson’s white pickup truck bounce off the purple taxi van like ‘bumper cars’ and then the taxi rolling over on the side of the road.

The white pickup kept going and the eyewitness followed it to the airport’s cargo area and called police.

Ms. [Christine] Washburn [the prosecutor] said that hours after the accident, Ms. Jacobson was so intoxicated that she fell onto a desk at police headquarters when asked to stand on one leg during a sobriety test. A blood alcohol test five and one half hours after the accident showed a 0.16 level, twice the legal driving limit, which indicates her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was 0.274, Ms. Washburn said.

Hayden also reports that Judge Robert McGahey not only served the maximum sentence of 36 years, but also reprimanded Ms. Jacobson for her behavior during the trial. According to Hayden, Judge McGahey called Ms. Jacobson’s defense “an incredible and unbelievable story that was an insult to the intelligence of anyone who heard it.”

The verdict has been long awaited. As Colin Gustafson, staff writer for, observes:

The judge’s decision came nearly two months after a jury convicted Jacobson of two counts of vehicular homicide, assault, drunken driving and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Image by M Southborough on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license


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