Moores Hill woman sentenced to 20 years

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 didn’t 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.