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Huntington woman gets probation in fatal crash

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington woman has been sentenced to a year probation for her role in a May 2011 vehicle crash.

Tanika Shantel Jones received the punishment Thursday from Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson. It includes a suspended, six-month jail sentence should Jones violate probation, said assistant prosecutor Sean Hammers.

Jones had pleaded no contest to the September 2011 indictment, which charged her with misdemeanor negligent homicide, Hammers said.

The accident killed Dwayne Thomas Lawson, of Gallipolis, Ohio. It happened shortly before 3:46 p.m. May 11, 2011, as Jones' vehicle entered the 17th Street West Bridge from Washington Avenue. Hammers said investigators believe the crash happened when an on-ramp vehicle jumped its turn and drove straight into traffic, leading to a head-on collision.

Jones was not arrested at the time of the crash. Investigators instead presented evidence to a grand jury and it decided upon the charge, Hammers said.

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