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Bus driver in fatal crash sentenced

Published: April 13, 2011 5:32 AM


ZANESVILLE — A Tri-Valley School District bus driver at the wheel when her bus crashed on Route 60 last June killing 6-year-old Kasey King was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday in Muskingum County Court.

Carol Oler, 48, was also given a two-year driver’s license suspension as a result of the accident.

In February, Oler plead “no contest” to charges of vehicular manslaughter and failure to control. A charge of vehicular homicide was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea agreement.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Jay Vinsel.

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Oler was removed from the courtroom by a Muskingum County sheriff’s deputy and transported to the county jail to begin serving her sentence.

Oler’s attorney requested she be spared the jail sentence, advising Vinsel she would have to live with that day in June 2010 the rest of her life.

“It’s the worst punishment,” attorney David Mortimer reportedly told Vinsel.

Vinsel said he sentenced Oler to jail because she was not being honest about the events that happened that day. Oler alleged another vehicle ran her bus off the road, but no evidence was found to support her claim.


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