Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Death of Motorcyclist

A 62-year-old woman convicted of driving drunk and killing a motorcyclist in Milwaukee last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Kathleen Boland's blood alcohol level was estimated to be three times the legal limit at the time of the accident.

In addition to 10 years in prison, Boland must serve five years of extended supervision after her release.

Well, the story goes like this. Old woman drinks alcohol then gets behind the wheel.

Then, drunken driver tries to turn right, but goes across all the lanes of traffic.

The woman hits the curb on the other side of the road and strucks a motorcyclist.

This is the short version of what happened last summer during the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration. Michael Fleming, the 55-year-old motorcyclist killed by the old lady, was taken to the hospital by the paramedics, but later he died.

"This is a tragic event that has brought together the biker communities of Ann Arbor Michigan and Milwaukee," noted Steve Johnson of ABATE of Wisconsin, a motorcycle rights and safety organization. "ABATE of Wisconsin set out to make sure the death of a visitor did not go unnoticed and that it did not get lost in the system."

"It is our hope that everyone enjoys a safe riding season in 2009 and that motorists share the road with motorcyclists," said Attorney Michael F. Hupy. "Preventing tragedies like this requires everyone on the road to be aware and take responsibility for their actions."

Boland asked Fleming's family and friends to forgive her. She told the judge she has gotten rid of her car and hasn't driven since the crash. Well, isn’t that such a nice old lady?
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