Woman who pleaded guilty to deadly crash apologizes to victim's family

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 10:51 PM

SPOKANE -- A woman who plead guilty to a deadly head-on crash on Interstate 90 faced the victim's family in court.

The crash, which happened in March of 2011 near Spokane Valley, left one man dead.  Teri Scheele, 30, plead guilty to vehicular homicide.  A judge sentenced her to a little more than two years in prison for the death of 27-year-old Kenneth Hardin.  According to court records, blood tests showed Scheele was under the influence of prescription drugs.  Prosecutors said Scheele was oblivious to where she was and what she was doing.

During Thursday's sentence hearing, Hardin's father firmly expressed his feelings towards Scheele.

"The female has shown no remorse and has taken no real responsibility for what she did, and what did she do, she killed my son," said Hardin's father.  "It wasn't an accident.  It wasn't whoops, she killed my son."

Scheele could not be heard audibly as she apologized to Hardin's family.  She said she was truly sorry for their loss.  Both she and her mother asked that she undergo drug assessment or any counseling necessary for prescription drug addition.  Her attorney said that is how she coped with problems in her life.

Scheele faced between 21 and 27 months in prison for the felony.  Judge Kathleen O'Connor gave her 25 months.  Scheele also faces 18 months of probation after her time behind bars.

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