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Woman who Struck, Killed Ind. Cop Avoids Jail

August 02, 2011  | 

An Indiana circuit court judge sentenced an Indianapolis woman who admitted to striking and killing a bicycling Greenfield officer to four years home detention.

Sue Ann Vanderbeck, an Indianapolis nurse, in June entered a guilty plea to the felony of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, which made her eligible for an eight-year prison term.

Vanderbeck struck William Phillips, 32, with her car about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 while he was on a nighttime bicycle training ride with two other officers along U.S. 40 just west of Knightstown in Henry County.

After accepting the plea agreement, Vanderbeck blamed the Greenfield PD for Phillips' death, claiming the officers were riding three abreast and violating Indiana law. The attorney representing Phillips' wife Lesley has said evidence suggests the officers were not riding three abreast.

Source: Indy Star, WTHR

Related:

Indiana Bicycle Officer Killed In Hit-and-Run

Woman Surrenders In Hit-and-Run Death of Indiana Officer

Tags: Hit-and-Run, Duty Deaths, Greenfield (Ind.) PD


Comments (4)

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Free Speach @ 8/2/2011 6:05 PM

I still believe it was possibly her husband who did the hit and run and she takes the fall for him

kbradford @ 8/2/2011 6:25 PM

I believe the bitch got off easy and should have done 8 for the death, 8 for leaving the scene, and 8 for failing to take responsibility for driving with her head up her ass. God bless the Officer and his family!

Barry Bushaw @ 8/30/2011 4:34 AM

She got off REAL easy. It's also pathetic how the defense says that the officers should not have been riding 3 abreast? So I guess if you're a foot out of a crosswalk it's the pedestrians fault? Own up to your responsibilities Vanderbeck.

sean @ 3/17/2012 4:34 PM

If a cop did this they would of gotten off to.

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