An Erie, Pennsylvania resident was formally sentenced this week for a motorcycle accident that happened earlier this year, which resulted in a motorcyclist losing a leg.
Shauna M. Cassler, 30, plead guilty to a Feb. 28 crash that happened close to the Bayfront Connector in Erie. Cassler, who was driving on a suspended license, sped through a yellow stoplight in a Ford Expedition while in the north lane on Broad Street, and crashed directly into Tori L. Scofield, who was operating her motorcycle in the south lane on Broad Street. As a result, Scofield was ejected from her motorcycle and hit a nearby vehicle before landing on the street. She was taken to UPMC Hamot Hospital, where doctors had to amputate her left leg.
Since Cassler was driving with a suspended license when the accident occurred, she was charged with felony count of operating a vehicle that caused an accident without being properly licensed. Her sentence, handed down by Judge John Garhart in the Erie County Courthouse, consists of up to 23 months in prison, and a 7 year ban of driving. According to the courts, Cassler’s sentencing is within the normal range Pennsylvania’s sentencing guidelines for a crime such as this one. The prosecution, however, requested a longer sentence, and asked Judge Garhart to consider adding aggravated charges which could extend her sentence time. The judge decided against it, stating that her sentencing was fair.
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