DAYTON — The Dayton woman accused of stealing a car, fleeing Huber Heights police, and causing a fatal crash has been sentenced to 16 years and three months in prison on Monday. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis Langer split the difference between a prosecutor’s request for a 23.5 year sentence and the defense request for eight years.
Shackelford pled guilty of causing the death of Marcus Harper of Xenia who was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, a 53-year old female, was seriously injured.
Shackelford suffered minor injuries and was found to have a high level of alcohol in her system. Her driver’s license was also suspended at the time of the crash.
That crash came at the end of a pursuit by Huber Heights Police that began after the police dispatch was notified of a vehicle that was stolen from the Speedway at 6501 Miller Lane in Butler Township.
A Huber Heights officer spotted a 2016 Chevy Impala that matched the description on Rip Rap Road and observed it crossing the yellow line. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Rip Rap Chambersburg Roads but the vehicle continued traveling south at a high rate of speed.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle entered the intersection of Wagner Ford and Needmore Roads at a high speed and struck a 1993 Chevy Blazer that was traveling through the intersection. The stolen vehicle struck the Blazer and continued through the intersection and hit a street sign and post near the crosswalk.
The Impala’s engine caught on fire and Huber Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies removed the driver from the car where she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“This defendant was driving a stolen car, had no driver’s license, was impaired with alcohol, and was fleeing from police,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. “This defendant has no respect for the law or for the safety of others. The fatal traffic crash was completely avoidable if the defendant had not made the poor decisions leading up to the crash.”
Shackelford must also pay restitution in the amount of $1,590 and will have her driver’s license suspended for life.
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