Howell woman indicted for 2015 crash that killed pedestrian
A Howell woman receives a 3-count indictment Tuesday for allegedly driving under the influence of a dangerous substance in a 2015 crash that killed a township man cleaning his driveway and property.
Investigators say Kathleen Mackey, 38 of Standish Drive, who also goes by the name Kathleen George veered off Friendship Road near Teak Road in a 2015 Ford Focus, onto the shoulder and hit Leslie Stein around 5 pm on October 21, 2015.
Stein passed away about an hour and a half later at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after succumbing to traumatic injuries sustained from the crash.
Mackey, who had allegedly swallowed some prescription drugs prior to getting in the car, faces minimum of up to 3-decades in a state prison if convicted on the charge of aggravated manslaughter subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) which would require her to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before she becomes eligible for release on parole.
If convicted on the charge of Vehicular Homicide, she faces five to ten years in prison and may be looking at three to five years in prison if convicted of Causing Death While Driving Unlicensed.
Upon becoming parole eligible she would have to be under supervision for five years.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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