Jean Chizer-Williams, driver in City Heights fatal bus bench crash, receives 3 years probation
Chizer-Williams must pay $1,962 in restitution
Last Updated: 275 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A 73-year-old diabetic whose PT Cruiser crashed into a bus stop shelter in City Heights, killing a woman and seriously injuring her 4-year-old son and his father, was sentenced Friday to three years probation and barred from driving during that period.
Jean Chizer-Williams pleaded guilty in January to a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
Judge Charles Gill ordered the defendant to be on electronic surveillance for a year. He also suspended an eight-year prison sentence for Chizer-Williams, which could be imposed should she violate probation.
Chizer-Williams was ordered to pay $1,962 in restitution.
Prosecutors said the defendant had been driving even though her license had been suspended because of her medical condition, and her blood-sugar level was extremely low at the time of the June 4, 2011, crash.
Chizer-Williams was driving about 35 mph when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the bus shelter in the 4800 block of University Avenue, killing 25-year-old Vanessa Mae Shane.
Shane's 4-year-old son, Elijah, and boyfriend David Abilez -- the boy's father -- were seriously injured. Both had multiple broken bones and the child had shards of glass stuck in his liver, authorities said.
Chizer-Williams apologized to Shane's family and said she thinks about the pain she caused them every day.
"The pain will never end. It will never end. But at least we know she would not be out to hurt someone else," said the victim's mother, Laura Shane, when asked if a prison sentence would have ended the family's pain. "I wanted her to serve prison time and suffer like my family has suffers every day."
"She definitely got away with murder," added Abilez, who said he is now disabled. "A femur rod, plates in my leg, screws, pins. I have tears in my right knee."
"This child is scarred for life," said Shane. "He was four and watched his mom die."
"Elijah has anger issues, depression, nightmares. He says, every time I bathe him, he says he's ugly because of the horrific scars that are on his back that will never ever go away," said Shane added.
"Elijah's always going to have his scars. I'm going to have my scars," said Abilez.
A prosecutor said Chizer-Williams had been involved in three prior non-injury collisions since 2006 due to the same set of circumstances. He said the defendant has had her driver's license suspended three times.
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