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Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 5:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 5:52 PM
By: Michael Crouchley
DAYTON — A New Lebanon woman found guilty of vehicular homicide for her involvement in a 2016 hit-and-run on U.S. 35 in Jefferson Twp. was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.
Leighann Maines, 34, failed to stop after hitting and killing 59-year-old James Brunner Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement released Wednesday.
Maines failed to call police after hitting Brunner and was found to have a variety of prescription and illicit drugs in her system. Brunner, of Trotwood, was believed to have been waiting on a bus when he was struck, then-Sheriff Phil Plummer said.
“This defendant acted with complete disregard toward human life and left this victim, who was still alive, lying in a field without help, aid or medical attention,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said.
Maines stopped briefly after hitting Brunner, but she claims she “panicked” and drove away.