Driver only fined in crash that killed 26-year-old bicyclist
Updated On: Jul 30 2014 06:08:03 PM EDT
The woman who struck and killed a 26-year-old bicyclist last year in Ponte Vedra Beach will only be charged with failure to drive within a single lane, which carries a fine of less than $200.
Saundra Scofield (pictured below) had 28 traffic offenses before the crash that killed Sean Stevens last August on State Road A1A near Marlin Avenue and she's gotten another since then.
That's why Sean Stevens' mother, Deb Stevens, believes a fine is not enough.
"It would not be right for someone just to get a ticket for taking his life," she said. "He deserves much more than that."
Sean Stevens (pictured below) was riding his bike to a convenience store a half a mile from his home and was in the bike lane when he was hit.
"Just the stress of seeing that site over and over again and kind of reliving that night, it's just -- it's a nightmare," Deb Stevens said. "It's like any parent's worst nightmare and you can't wake up."
Deb Stevens was surprised to learn of the only charge against Scofield.
"We were really in shock that a person could kill somebody and walk away with a traffic fine," she said.
The Florida Highway Patrol said many factors go into their decisions, and in this case there was no criminal intent and Scofield had no alcohol or drugs in her system.
"If it's just a standard crash -- and unfortunately there was loss of life with this -- but if it was not intentional, not criminal in nature, then a civil traffic infraction would be issued, such as this case," FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan said.
Scofield has a lengthy history of traffic citations.
In Duval County she had 22 civil citations and two criminal citations, including a DUI. In St. Johns County she received four civil citations and one criminal citation for DUI.
The FHP said those did not play a factor in the decision about charges; rather, it was about the actions at the time of the crash.
Deb Stevens sees it differently and hopes next week the judge will as well.
"I just don't think she should be driving, because another family probably will end up living this horror story if she's still out there," Deb Stevens said.
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