Wanda English Burnett
Melissa Dawn Weaver, 32, of Moores Hill, was sentenced to 20
years with 8 suspended, for her part in a crash that killed
a Sunman man.
Weaver learned her fate on Friday, April 9 when she appeared
before a Dearborn County Court Judge.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, Weaver was intoxicated
when she caused the crash, which occurred on May 27, 2009, on
Station Hollow Road in Dearborn County. She fled the scene from
which Daniel L. Thielmann, Jr., 32, of Sunman, was killed while
operating his motorcycle. She left him lying in the roadway
and did not seek medical help for him. She didnt even
get out of her vehicle to check to see if he was alive.
Weaver admitted to drinking at the time of the crash and tested
at a level of .15 after she was given a blood alcohol test.
She pled guilty and admitted she had a substance abuse problem.
She admitted she had consumed an illegal amount of alcohol the
day of the crash along with some prescription medication.
The judge, Sally Blankenship was not sympathetic towards the
defendant. She noted that Weaver was intentionally driving a
vehicle without insurance to get and consume alcohol. She also
cited the fact that Weaver left the injured man unattended,
yet sought help for herself.
Thielmann leaves behind four children. His parents say nothing
can bring back their son.