Fatal Bee Crash Brings One Year in Jail
A truck driver was sentenced to one year in jail on the account of vehicular homicide and careless driving from a 2010 crash that also released a million bees onto Interstate 35.
About the Accident
According to the startribune.com, Jason Styrbicky, 38, accepted the responsibility of the deaths of Pamela Brinkhaus, 50, and Kari Rasmussen, 24, and Rasmussen’s 8-week-old fetus. The cause of the accident was Styrbicky’s lack of concentration when he took his eyes off of the road for a total of 16 seconds to find an energy drink that had fallen, according to news reports. As he positioned himself upright, the sight was horrifying. He had no time to stop or slow down as his vehicle hastily approached standstill traffic due to a construction site on Interstate 35. As well as being the cause of a terrible accident, Styrbicky hit another truck that was filled with a million bees, stinging motorists, construction workers, and hindering efforts to aid the victims in the accident.
As it states in sentencing guidelines, each death called for four years in prison, but Judge Karen Asphaug admitted grace to Styrbicky’s sentence due to pleas made by his family, attorney, a probation officer, and the families of the victims. Todd Brinkhaus, Pamela’s husband, was the only one to address the court in person. According to news outlets, Todd was accepting of whatever sentence the judge would defer. Judge Asphaug said that she believed Styrbicky felt remorse for his mistakes and conducted her sentence with that in mind. Probation officer Jon Gilbertsen informed the judge of Styrbicky’s depression due to post-traumatic stress from the accident and how an extensive amount of time served in prison would put him into even worse shape. The judge agreed and gave him one year in prison followed by probation, which can last up to ten years, a $500 fine, 40 hours community service each year of his probation, and letters of apology, future restitution, as well as participation in future meetings with the families.
Styrbicky feels remorse and regret for this incident and extends his most sincere apologies to the families and anyone else affected.
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