OROFINO, Idaho The Idaho driver responsible for the accident that killed Enterprise city councilor Doug Terry in July 2012 was sentenced in a Clearwater County courtroom last week.
George Munson, 65, of Orofino pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter March 27 and was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but 20 days suspended. He is scheduled to serve his time from April 20 to May 10.
The rest of his sentence includes two years probation, suspension of his drivers license for two years, $250 fine, $150.50 court costs and a total of $5,928.95 restitution to the Terry family.
Carol Terry, who was injured in the two-car wreck that took her husbands life, traveled from Enterprise for the sentencing. She was accompanied and supported by a number of family members during the sentencing procedure.
He received more than I thought he would, Terry said of the sentence, adding that she is satisfied with the care and attention the judge paid to the case, including a letter she had written earlier. She said the sentencing hearing lasted over an hour.
Doug Terry was killed the early afternoon of July 26, 2012, on highway US 12 west of Orofino when a Ford Explorer driven by Munson crossed the center line and collided head-on with the Dodge Caravan that he was driving.
Both Munson and Carol Terry were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, with injuries. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which closed the highway for approximately five hours. Alcohol or drugs were determined not to be involved.
Under Idaho code, the charge of vehicular manslaughter is defined as the causing of death by an unlawful act not amounting to a felony. Prosecuting attorney Clayne Tyler earlier said that the act in this case was inattentive driving by crossing the center line.
According to the police report, Munson told an officer at the scene that he had swerved to miss a rabbit.
Munson originally pleaded not guilty to the vehicular manslaughter charge in January.
About a month and a half after the accident, in which she suffered a concussion, cuts, bruises and other injuries, Carol Terry was able to return to work at the Employment Division office in Enterprise. Especially after hearing more details from the police reports in court about the accident, Terry said she feels lucky that she survived the crash.