Driver who blamed God for fatal crash gets decades in prison

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida driver who said God had distracted her when she ran over and killed a woman in 2015 has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

The Miami Herald reports 46-year-old April Dawn Thomason, of Key West, was sentenced Monday. A jury convicted her last month of vehicular manslaughter in the death of 49-year-old Stephanie Collins. Collins and a friend were walking on a sidewalk when Thomason struck Collins with her Mercedes-Benz. The friend jumped out of the way.

Thomason pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, blaming the crash on a Xanax withdrawal and God talking to her while she was driving.

She told police after the crash that she was praying and got distracted. She told the court she’s sorry for the pain she’s caused.

___

Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

Associated Press

Associated Press

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
22°
Menomonie
19°
Chetek
19°
Durand
27°
Ladysmith
24°
Neillsville
22°
Rice Lake
23°
New Richmond
25°
Black River Falls
25°
Medford
19°
River Falls
28°
Duluth
17°
Green Bay
25°
La Crosse
24°
Madison
25°
Milwaukee
28°
Twin Cities
27°
Weather Outlook: Slick roads from early morning snow

Weather Outlook: Slick roads from early morning snow

An the flip-side, the snow will be easy to scrape off the driveway and sidewalk.

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

Scroll to top
Skip to content