Driver who killed Team-in-Training jogger gets 35 years

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The Southern California driver who swerved into a large group of 20 joggers in training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was sentenced to over 35 years in prison.

Early in the morning of August 30, 2008, 57 year old Gregory Doan was driving his van with a blood-alcohol level (BAL) of 0.21, well over twice the legal limit (it would later be determined that he also had recently taken opiates) when he swerved into twenty joggers who were taking part in the LLS's Team-in-Training program. 66 year old Carolyn Samuels, a woman who had been running one charity marathon a year since turning 50 years old, died as a resut of her injuries.

Doan's sentence includes a 15 year stretch for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run, along with 19 counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded no contest.

He will be eligible for parole in 17 years and will donate the maximum amount of money by law from the wages he earns working in prison—which is half (estimated to amount to around $9 per month)—to the Team-in-Training program.

By Ross Bonander

Source: The Daily Source

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