Woman jailed for hitting girl in school zone

GREENVILLE, Ohio – The woman who hit an Arcanum student with her car in December was sentenced to jail time in Darke County Tuesday afternoon.

Billie Skeens, 25, was found guilty of reckless operation, driving while under suspension, and not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The 13-year-old student hit, Cailynn Stephens, addressed the court about her injuries.

“I’ve been impacted by this, by not being able to do anything that I’m usually able to do. I wake up with pressure in my head that I start crying from,” said Stephens.

Cailynn is still recovering from her injuries that included damage to her brain, but on Tuesday all eyes are on this courtroom and this judge.

During proceedings, Billie Skeens addressed the court.

“I did not mean for this to happen. I do understand I have a bad driving record,” said Skeens.

Skeens attorney, Andrew Pratt, agreed Skeens has a bad driving record, but asked Judge Julie Monnin to consider a lesser sentence.

“She wasn’t on her cell phone, she didn’t have music blaring out of the car, she wasn’t drinking, she wasn’t on prescription medication. It’s a minor misdemeanor case,” said Pratt.

Judge Monnin said Skeens’ driving record showed irresponsibility. 2 NEWS Investigates first told you Skeens has several traffic violations including other driving while under suspension charges.

“When I look at your actions. I look at a young woman who is 25, correct..who has 19 convictions since 2007 when you turned 18,” said Darke County Municipal Court Judge Julie Monnin.

She said actions speak louder than words and sentenced Skeens to 10 days in jail as well as time spent on house arrest.

Skeens will also pay nearly $1,000 in fines.

Cailynn’s family heard from Skeens for the first time since the accident.

“I was hysterical when I hit her. The officer can even tell you that. I cried and cried for weeks. I hope they can forgive me because I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to forgive myself,” said Skeens.

A spokesperson for Cailynn’s family tells 2 NEWS they will be filing a civil lawsuit against Skeens. They say her insurance is refusing to help with medical expenses.

 

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