"I'm very sorry to the victim, Mr. (James)
The sentence was recommended by Prosecuting Attorney
In accepting the recommendations, Lohrmann said he was impressed Tarnasky has been "contrite and remorseful about this ugly, regrettable death." Also, Lohrmann took note she has a disabled son who needs constant care.
Lohrmann placed Tarnasky on 18 months of community custody, a form of probation, during which she's required to submit to drug and alcohol treatment at the discretion of her probation officer, and must not possess or consume alcohol or marijuana.
She also was assessed
Tarnasky pleaded guilty
Police say she was driving east on Isaacs in the curb lane when her 2008 Honda Pilot SUV struck Kooreny about
He reportedly was walking on Isaacs in the marked crosswalk at the intersection of
Kooreny suffered head injuries and died at
Tarnasky was arrested, but was released the following day pending disposition of her case.
Officials said she was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the presumptive legal level of 0.08 percent.
She initially was charged with vehicular homicide, conviction of which could have landed her in prison for up to 8 1/2 years.
But Nagle agreed to change the charge to manslaughter, partly because she has no prior criminal history, not even a traffic ticket in this state, she cooperated and accepted responsibility.
He also questioned Kooreny's state of mind in deciding to cross the road when he did, adding, "This accident may have happened if (Tarnasky) was completely sober."
However, Note said Tarnasky never tried to shift blame from herself.
But in a recently filed letter to Lohrmann, Kooreny's brother,
"Jim never should have been taken from his family and friends in such an unexpected, shocking, sickening, and violent way," he added.
"Words cannot express how much we miss him."
The presentence investigation prepared by Community Corrections Officer
Another witness driving behind Tarnasky "did not recall any erratic or unsafe driving by her," Smith's report says.
Tarnasky told officers she wasn't aware Kooreny was crossing the road until she felt the impact.
She admitted having consumed two "pounders" of beer and a mixed drink at a bar before driving toward home. But she told Smith "she did not feel impaired at all."
Regardless, the married mother of two children "is extremely remorseful over
Smith added Tarnasky "seems to have lived a fairly conventional, responsible life for the most part, and has "cooperated with the legal process since inception."
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