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Driver in deadly Fairborn car-motorcycle accident sentenced to 11 days in jail

Published: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 7:18 PM

Laurie Kay Church (Courtesy/Greene County Jail)
Laurie Kay Church (Courtesy/Greene County Jail)

A driver accused of being at fault in a 2019 Fairborn vehicle accident that killed a 68-year-old motorcyclist is serving 11 days in the Greene County Jail after pleading no contest this week to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge.

Laurie Kay Church, 30, who lists an address in Arizona, according to Fairborn Municipal Court records, was headed south on Florence Avenue last Aug. 17 when she entered the intersection at Fitchland Drive, according to police and court records. 

Motorcyclist James Whitt of Fairborn struck Church's vehicle and was thrown over the hood. 

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At least three witnesses told police Church did not come to a full stop and pulled out in front of Whitt, who was westbound on Fitchland. 

Officers on scene reported that Whitt was unconscious and was bleeding from his head. 

Whitt, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for serious injuries, died Aug. 28. 

Church was traveling with four passengers. Neither Church nor any of them was injured. 

The sentencing judge suspended all but the 11 days of the 90-day sentence given to Church. She began doing her jail time Tuesday.

The suspension depends upon her good behavior for two years. The court also suspended the woman's driver's license for two years, ordered two years of unsupervised community control and fined her $250. 

Church’s plea avoided a criminal trial, which was scheduled to commence Tuesday.