Family Reacts To Sentence For Truck Driver Involved In Deadly Cr - - ABC13

Family Reacts To Sentence For Truck Driver Involved In Deadly Crash


Campbell Co., VA - 2 years' probation, 5 days in jail, and a $2,000 fine is what faces Garland Newcomb, the driver of the 18-wheeler that plowed head-on into Jamie and Holly Johnson's Jeep on July 2nd 2013.

"My daughter was my DNA, he took my daughter away. He took my son in law's life away for right now" said Betty Denson, Holly Johnson's mother.

But Newcomb won't spend years in jail. The judge that tried his case in North Carolina Thursday gave him two years' probation and five days behind bars.

"There's no justice. I mean, there's no justice at all for my daughter, my son in law, and those two children. Not even for me" said Denson.

Newcomb was charged with misdemeanor death by a vehicle, and reckless driving.

"It hurts that he's going to be free, he's going to be with his family, he's going to get to live life and we don't have Holly to be with us" she said.

Holly Johnson, was killed when Newcomb's truck ran a stop sign, and struck her Jeep head-on. Her husband, 29 year old Jamie, is paralyzed. Her two children, nine year old Anna, and six year old Ethan watched from the back seat.

Denson drove the route where her daughter's life stopped. She wanted to see the intersection where her daughter died. Rumble strips precede the stop sign, Newcomb ran. Flashing lights, border it, and still, "He disregarded all of that. And when you come up to that stop sign where he was, he could've seen so far, and he could've seen any vehicles coming" said Denson.

And while Denson says she sees no justice, "I'm going to try to start moving on. My daughters still need me, my grandchildren need me, and it's still hard, but I've got to be there for them" she said.

Newcomb is also being forced to perform 250 hours of community service. His personal driver's license has been suspended for two years, his commercial license, has been suspended forever.

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