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February 02, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Motorist in fatal bus-passing incident sentenced to 15 years


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WORTH COUNTY, Iowa — A man who pled guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving in the death of a young girl boarding a school bus has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, RadioIowa reports.

Aaron Gunderson received his sentence Friday in Worth County District Court. A more serious charge of vehicular homicide while intoxicated was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Gunderson struck 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson while she was walking toward a school bus that had its lights flashing and stop sign extended. He fled the scene while Halverson was dying of her injuries.

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The man claims he didn't see the red lights. RIGHT!!! He was DUI? Why isn't he getting some time for that? Plea agreement? I'd call that a slap on the wrist. I can't understand the thinking of the lawyers. I know they are trying to save money from a trial but really? A child died, a family is devastated and he gets only 15 years with 10 1/2 he has to serve and gets out for good behavior? The family has lost their child FOREVER, how is this justice?

LJK    |    Feb 06, 2012 12:21 PM

Fifteen years is not nearly long enough!! I have red light runners pass me on a daily basis. One of these days it will be too late! At least the police im my district stake out the hot spots and actually nab many offenders ~ it just happened this morning.

Beth Larson    |    Feb 02, 2012 06:14 PM

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