Sam Scott Case: Driver sentenced to three years

The drunk driver who killed bicyclists Sam Scott in February 2012 pled guilty and was sentenced to three years Friday.

Emily Hagan of Kirkwood was driving with a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit when she rear-ended Scott as he was cycling home from his job in University City. Scott was taken to the hospital and died the next day. 

Driver Emily Hagan pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter Friday
Driver Emily Hagan pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter Friday

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Hagan was charged two months later with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The plea deal Friday, before St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Mark Seigel, erased the latter charge and reduced the involuntary manslaughter charge from a Class B to a Class C felony. The sentencing range on a Class B felony is five to fifteen years, versus up to seven years for a Class C. 

Hagan is likely to be released after serving about one year of her sentence.  There was no word about restrictions on her driving once released.

Improving safety for all road users is one of the four primary focus areas in MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri.  We know that creating appropriate penalties, including restrictions on future driving privileges, is one of the most powerful ways to improve road safety, and encouraging those penalties is the focus of several planks in MoBikeFed's Legislative Platform.

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