NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman was sentenced to 26 years in prison for a January crash that claimed the lives of two men.
Willie Nichols, 64, and Aaron Hall, 66, were killed in the crash that occurred at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Third Avenue North on Jan. 22, 2015.
Nichols and Hall were old friends who family members said lived just around the corner from each other.
Stephanie Ferguson was charged in the crash that also injured several other people.
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Prior to being sentenced, Ferguson addressed the victims’ families while sobbing.
“To be honest, if I could trade places with them that were killed that night, I would,” she said.
Hall’s daughter took the stand Friday, saying her family has suffered ever since the crash.
“My mother suffers from depression, my sister has panic attacks, and I had to struggle with the fact that I had to walk down the isle without my daddy,” said Jeanitia Harris.
Nichols’ wife also spoke, saying whenever she thinks about what happened “on that dreadful day,” her heart cries.
“Not only are fathers, uncles, brothers, deacons and sole mates gone, but the child of everyone involved will have to grow up not as fortunate,” said Rico Nichols.
Ferguson was driving a Toyota Tundra when she struck Nichols’ Cadillac as they were sitting still. Nichols and Hall were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where they both died.
On the same day as the deadly crash, Ferguson was convicted of a 2013 DUI charge where she drove into a house on Delaware Avenue.
She has remained jailed since her release from the hospital on Jan. 23.