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Driver in Fatal Crash on Foothill Convicted of Manslaughter

An 81-year-old woman is convicted of misdemeanor manslaughter in the accident that killed 86-year-old Ola May Lyness last year.

The driver involved in a in front of the in March of last year was convicted of misdemeanor manslaughter Wednesday in a Citrus courthouse.

According to Cpt. Tim Staab of the Glendora Police Department, Paule Ford, 81, pleaded guilty to the charges before a jury was to be picked for her trial.

Ford was given probation, a license suspension and ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s family.

Ola May Lyness, 86, was traveling west on Foothill Boulevard when her Buick Regal was struck by the Chevrolet Malibu driven by Ford as she was pulling out of the La Fetra Center March 25, 2011.

Lyness went into full cardiac arrest immediately after impact. When officers arrived at the scene, Lyness’ car was front-first against a wall. Although the responding officer managed to get Lyness’ heart beating again with CPR, she later died at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital.

Ford did not require hospitalization following the accident.

According to Staab, Ford was convicted of manslaughter because “although her actions weren’t deliberate, her negligence resulted in someone’s death.”

“There was absolutely no evidence of speeding,” said Staab. “The judge determined the fault in this accident rested on the shoulders of [Ford].”

James Buchanan April 27, 2012 at 04:28 AM
That's why neither the 81 year old nor the 86 year old should have been driving.......
Virgil April 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I am all about traffic safety but this is pretty presumptive. So, let me get theis straight if two forty year old drivers are involved in a crash and someone gets hurt or dies then they should not be driving too? I know older drivers that are safer on the roads then some younger ones. There are checks and balances in place but no system is perfect. LE officers can submit immediate driver re-evaluation requests if they encounter a driver that should be re-tested. Family members can even send in written requests for re-evaluation. Sad story on both sides.

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