A driver high on meth when she crossed the median and killed another motorist on the bypass will serve 1.5 years in jail.
Asia Jeanene Smartt, 28, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 544 days of a 14-year sentence. She entered guilty pleas to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
According to District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, a blood test showed Smartt had meth in her system on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, when she caused a two-vehicle accident between Angel’s Bridge and McMinnville Funeral Home.
Smartt’s vehicle was heading inbound, traveling toward Walmart, around 2:30 p.m. when witnesses say her Nissan Pathfinder suddenly veered across the highway, jumped the median, and collided with a Chevy Cruze driven by John Winburn, 75.
Mr. Winburn was killed and his passenger, Deanna Winburn, suffered serious injuries. The force of impact knocked their car down an embankment.
“Our family is devastated,” said Joyce Winburn Windham, sister of the victim. “This tragedy was 100 percent avoidable. I never worried that the drug epidemic would touch our lives. It has. Perhaps some good could come from our loss by using this terrible event to educate the public. Methamphetamine destroys lives forever.”
Smartt was ordered to serve 364 days of a 10-year sentence for vehicular homicide. Additionally, she was given 180 days of a four-year sentence for vehicular assault. She also had her driver license revoked for eight years and was given 100 hours public service work.
The jail time is in line with other recent sentences where an impaired motorist was responsible for a crash resulting in death. Cory Forrest Tate was ordered to serve 360 days of an eight-year sentence for a fatal crash that killed a teenage passenger in his pickup in 2012.
In 2013, Ramiro R. Ibarra was released after serving nearly one year of a 12-year sentence for killing a teen passenger while off-roading in his SUV.