Drunk Drivers Sentenced for Crash That Killed Akron Infant

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AKRON, Ohio – Two drunk drivers were sentenced on Wednesday for their involvement in a crash that claimed the life of a five-month-old child in August of 2010.

Fox 8 News was in court when Shauntae Marie Hill, 25, of Adrus Street Akron, and Lynnette Hayward, 37, of Bellevue Avenue in Akron, were sentenced.

Hill received six-years in prison and a lifetime license suspension. Prosecutors say Hill caused the accident that killed Chyna Kidd. Hill had been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and OVI in the infant’s death.

Hayward received two-years of community control, a six-month license suspension, three days in jail and 30 days of house arrest. She had previously been found guilty of child endangering and OVI.

On August 29, 2010, Hayward, was intoxicated after a night of drinking.

She admitted that when she picked up her 5-month-old granddaughter, Chyna Kidd, from a relative’s home, she did not strap the baby into her car seat or properly secure the seat in the car.

Hayward’s vehicle was struck by a car on Copley Road and she crashed into a telephone pole.

The other car was driven by Hill, who was also drunk at the time.

The force of the impact threw Kidd from the car seat and under the front passenger seat. She was taken to Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron where she ultimately died.

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