Greensboro, NC -- The driver of a truck that slammed into a car on Mother's Day killing two young boys was sentenced in a Greensboro court Monday.
Police said Jayne Perkins was talking on a cell phone when her truck slammed into a car in a construction zone on Interstate 40 on May 9th. Daryl Bauccum, 15, and his brother, 11-year-old Isaiah Reynolds both died in the crash.
On the two charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Perkins was sentenced to 30 days in jail. However, that sentence was suspended for 18 months where she will be on unsupervised probation. She has been ordered to complete 8 hours of driver's training, speak to 4 driver's education classes and complete 100 hours of community service. She has also agreed to pay a $500 fine and court costs within 90 days and write a letter of apology to the family within 30 days.
Perkins also sentenced to 30 days in jail on a charge of careless and reckless driving. That sentence was also suspended and follows the same conditions regarding the unsupervised probation. She will have to pay a $250 fine and court costs for that charge.
As terms of the agreement, Perkins also had her commercial drivers license suspended. Should Perkins violate the terms of the probation, she will have to spend 75 days in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Howard Newman said that Perkins had no prior record, not even a speeding ticket. He said that limits the punishment for a misdemeanor charge.
Perkins, who is from Arkansas, must return to the court on July 8 to check in on the terms of her probation.
Talking on the cell phone while driving is not a crime in North Carolina. Investigators said Perkins was going 50 miles per hour. The car she hit was at a standstill.
The victim's father Daryl Reynolds called it a senseless crime.
"Life, it's very dismal and lonely...and now it's like a void...I've actually lost a part of me, a part of a breath that I take," said Reynolds in an interview in November.
Since the wreck, Reynolds has been fighting to make talking on a cell phone while driving a crime and make distracted driving an aggravating factor in car wrecks. He said, "Its unbelievable that for a crash like that, we allow people to basically get off scott free, when we have to live with this for the rest of our lives. [...] The thing that really bothers me, as a father, is I can do nothing to bring my boys back."
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