After several counters, a Boonville woman has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Boonville man in a fatal wreck in late 2018.
Debbie Hart, 61, of Boonville, was arrested in late November 2018 after a wreck outside of Boonville resulted in the death of motorcyclist Timothy Hemmings of Boonville. While Hart’s attorney Anthony Long indicated that Hart may be ready to take a plea last fall, Long indicated in a subsequent hearing that there had never been an agreement and the case was again set for a trial to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The court continued to plan for the trial after a pretrial conference in early January, but parties called for a hearing on Friday, Jan. 24. Then, Hart agreed to take a plea agreement for the charge of causing death when operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15% or more and will face sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 a.m.
According to a probable cause affidavit in the case, Hart was traveling in a truck west on State Road 62 in Boonville when she attempted to turn from the turn lane onto Baker Road into the path of Hemmings who was travelling east on State Road 62. Hart was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, operating a vehicle with a BAC of .15% or more, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.