An 82-year-old Omaha woman was ordered to jail on the anniversary of a fatal crash that killed a longtime Millard West teacher earlier this year.
Ruth Jeffers was sentenced Thursday morning after pleading guilty to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the death of 56-year-old Jim Johnston. The maximum penalty she could have received was one-year in jail.
Judge Marcuzzo ordered her to serve one day in jail on the anniversary of the crash for the next two years, on March 13, 2015 and March 13, 2016.
She will also be on probation for two years, pay a $1,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service. In addition, the judge told her to write an apology letter to Johnston's family.
Investigators say Jeffers didn't see a car stopped in front of her at 260th and Center. She swerved across a traffic lane to avoid the car and struck Johnston riding his bicycle in the opposite direction. He died at a hospital.
Johnston worked as a teacher in the Millard School District for 32 years before retiring last year. He still worked at Millard West as a physical therapist/athletic trainer with Alegent Creighton Health.