The woman charged with passing a school bus and killing a teenage boy at his bus stop in
Wentworth North Carolina (NC) will not spend any time in jail. Judy Stilwell pleaded guilty to the felony charge of passing a stopped school bus and causing injury or death, and Judge John Craig sentenced her to a 6-to-8-month suspended sentence, 36 months of supervised probation, one-year driver’s license suspension and a $1,000 fine.
Police reports state that the 60-year-old Stilwell was driving along Highway 770 in Stoneville in late January when she hit Nick Adkins, a sophomore at McMichael High School, as he crossed the street to get on his school bus. Witnesses said the school bus had come to a complete stop and the driver had activated the bus’ warning lights and stop arm.
Police said Stilwell’s SUV, which was traveling approximately 45 mph, knocked Adkins out of his shoes, tossing him about 75 feet down the road. The high school sophomore died at the scene. With the judge calling the accident a "parent’s worst nightmare," Craig said the worst punishment for Stilwell is her feeling of remorse and no court punishment would be worse than that.
Stilwell had no prior criminal record which evidently explains her apparently light sentencing.
William Adkins, Nick’s dad, called the sentence unfair and expressed anger that Stilwell had not apologized for her actions. "I do not feel as if my son received any type of justice whatsoever," Adkins said.
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