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8 years later, driver in DWI fatal wants her license back

– A judge is considering whether to restore the driving privileges of an Ohio woman convicted of vehicular homicide and drunken driving in a case wrought with emotion.

Molly Farmer, 29, of Akron is seeking to have her driving privileges reinstated eight years after she caused a crash that killed 21-year-old Jackie Bryan, also of Akron.

As part of a plea deal, Farmer pleaded guilty in 2005 to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving. In return, she avoided prison time and instead was sentenced to probation, 500 hours of community service and was given a lifetime suspension of her driver’s license.

Bryan’s family says her death has caused them unspeakable grief and suffering and that Farmer’s fight to get her driver’s license back is insulting.

More than 30 people on both sides of the issue packed a courtroom Thursday and gave emotional arguments before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, who can issue a decision in the matter at any time.

Jones cautioned both sides ahead of her ruling.

“Please make no mistake that this court makes this decision full well knowing that there is no right decision, that there is nothing that can fix anything that has gone on from the date of the accident up to and through today,” Jones said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Jones said that in her extensive review of the case, it struck her “how horribly remarkable, awful (and) tragic this accident was, and what the Bryan family has been through and what Ms. Farmer has been through.”

From her review, Jones said she found Farmer to be “a model citizen in terms of what our corrective and rehabilitative system is designed to do,” and nothing in the record indicated otherwise.

Attorneys for both sides agreed that, under the original sentencing guidelines, the trial judge did not have the authority to impose a mandatory lifetime suspension of Farmer’s license.

Farmer did not speak during the hearing.