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Woodville woman gets some driving privileges back after 1993 crash that killed teen


Terri Camp Kruse of Oak Harbor smiles at attorney William Hayes after being granted limited driving privileges by Judge Bruce Winters during a hearing in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court today.

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PORT CLINTON – After three years without any evidence she consumed alcohol, a Woodville woman who lost her driver’s license for life was given the right to drive again -- with restrictions.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters ruled today that Terri Camp Kruse may have her driving privileges reinstated for work, for medical appointments and for Alcoholics Anonymous and other sobriety-related meetings and events.The judge also limited her driving to the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and said she would be indefinitely subjected to random drug and alcohol testing.

Kruse, 48, was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in 1993 following a drunken driving crash on State Rt. 51 that killed 14-year-old Ronald Miller, Jr. of Oregon. She served 10 years in prison and was banned by the court from driving again.

In 2010, Kruse asked the court to reinstate her driving privileges, saying she had been clean and sober since 1993. Following a lengthy hearing in 2010, Judge Winters ordered that she be monitored for three years by the county probation department with weekly, random drug and alcohol tests and continuous electronic monitoring.

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