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Published: Friday, 4/30/2010

Judge to decide whether woman who hit and killed boy will get license back


PORT CLINTON — After listening to impassioned pleas from the mother and sister of a 14-year-old Oregon boy who was killed by a drunk driver, an Ottawa County judge Friday said he would consider whether or not to restore Terri Camp Kruse's driving privileges.

Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters said he would issue a ruling in two weeks regarding the Woodville woman's motion to get her driver's license back.

Kruse, now 45, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from an April 3, 1993 crash on State Rt. 51 that killed Ronald Gene Miller, Jr. Then-Judge Paul Moon ordered Kruse to spend four to 10 years in prison and revoked her driving privileges for life.

She argued that she served 10 years in prison, paid her court costs, and has maintained employment and sobriety since she's been out of prison.

The victim's mother, Jane Miller, said Kruse should never be allowed to drive again. Kruse may be able to petition the court to get her license back, Mrs. Miller said, but her family cannot petition the court to get Ronnie back.

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