NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville woman convicted of killing a man while drinking and driving will serve the maximum term in jail.
Kimberly Kelton, 41, was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for the June 2008 crash that left 62-year-old Perry Hamm, a local Sunday school teacher, dead.
Kelton was drunk when she smacked into his motorcycle.
Hamm was thrown from the bike and run over by another vehicle.
Kelton fled the scene and later crashed into a ditch.
According to police, she’d been involved in at least three accidents prior to hitting Hamm.
Hamm’s wife and daughter testified at Kelton’s sentencing Friday.
“I miss Perry, I miss him every day. I miss his affection. I miss his touch, I miss Perry’s infectious laugh who just being around made you laugh and his sense of humor. I miss holding hands while we prayed. I miss going to church with him, and being able to plan our future together,” his wife, Donna Hamm, told the courtroom.
“I’ll never forget the phone call I received the night of June 3, 2008 that changed my life forever,” said Tammy Hamm, Perry Hamm’s only child. “I knew it could not be good news coming so late.”
Both women pleaded with the court for the maximum sentence.
“My family and I are left to suffer a life sentence,” said Tammy Hamm. “Please consider the maximum sentence when you decide on the punishment from this crime. I would hate for there to be another victim of such a preventable crime.”
Kelton was convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.
She also took the stand Friday and apologized, saying she thinks about what happened every day.
Kelton was arrested for another DUI while awaiting trial in this case.
- Sept. 17, 2008: Drunk driver indicted on vehicular homicide charge
- June 4, 2008: Police: Woman may have caused fatal crash