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Probation ordered in traffic death case

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Gazette Staff
October 5, 2007
— A 35-year-old Whitewater woman avoided jail Wednesday despite having been convicted of homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Sheri L. Long, 217 N. Fremont St., had measurable amounts of cocaine in her bloodstream following a Jan. 27, 2006, traffic accident at the Highway 12 bypass near Cox Road in Whitewater. Long’s daughter, Jada Lynn, 7, was killed in the crash after Long crossed the centerline and crashed into an oncoming truck.


Long denied ever using cocaine and said she must have inhaled some while cleaning an acquaintance’s apartment, District Attorney Phil Koss said. She did not appear intoxicated at the accident scene, he added.


Judge James Carlson sentenced Long to four years probation and stayed a six-month jail sentence so long as Long meets the conditions of the court, which included using no alcohol or drugs.


Long was originally charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.



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