A driver who was high on meth when she crashed into an ambulance on an emergency run, killing the patient in back, has been given two years in jail.
Carol Marie Simpson, 63, of Rock Island was given the sentence Wednesday in Circuit Court. She received a 14-year sentence with 728 days to be served in jail.
Simpson pled guilty to vehicular homicide with driver intoxication, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment with a vehicle, and failure to yield right of way resulting in death.
Simpson was given a field sobriety test at the scene and arrested the day of the crash, July 26, 2018. A blood sample was taken and analyzed by the TBI and prosecutors say she was high on meth at the time.
Simpson has a history of drug charges. According to District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, she was convicted for possession of meth with intent to distribute in Georgia. She was also convicted for possession of paraphernalia and introduction of contraband into a penal institution in Van Buren County.
The crash happened in Rock Island at the intersection in front of Dollar General, which is the intersection of Sparta Highway and Rock Island Road. Simpson was driving a minivan and attempting to cross the four-lane from Bone Cave Road to Rock Island Road when she pulled into the path of a White County ambulance.
The ambulance was traveling toward McMinnville on Sparta Highway with its siren activated. The collision sent the ambulance into a roll and it landed on its top.
Killed was patient Clifton Harville, 60, of Crossville. Injured were ambulance occupants Ethan Dweese, 22, who was driving, and John Hurd, 41, who was in back with the patient. They were working with White County EMS.
Simpson suffered no injury that required medical attention.