Man who caused fatal crash on I-71 gets prison time

Stanley Ivey, right, with his attorney
Stanley Ivey, right, with his attorney

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man who caused a fatal crash on Interstate 71 was sentenced Monday.

Stanley Ivey, 58, will spend eight years behind bars.

Ivey pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and inducing panic. He received eight years for the involuntary manslaughter charge and 18 months for the inducing panic charge, to be served concurrently.

Police say Ivey was traveling over 150 miles per hour on Oct. 4, 2010 when he drove into the left shoulder and hit and killed James Lester, of Loveland.

"Finally my husband has justice, I hope he is looking down today and he can rest in peace, he has waited so long," said Karen Lester, James' wife.

Lester was tending to his disabled car on southbound I-71 near the Ronald Reagan Highway. Upon impact, Lester's car burst into flames.

"He did use his vehicle as an instrument of death and his prior record speaks to the fact," said Matthew Lester. "No sentence is ever going to be long enough to bring my father back."

Ivey's previous speeding history was taken into to consideration in his sentencing.

The defense had argued that Ivey was on medication for his liver and was in a medically unconscious state of mind at the time of the crash.

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