Leslie "Cookie" Hoberman was sentenced Thursday to 24 months probation and 480 hours of community service in connection with an accident last May in Omaha that killed motorcyclist Jeffrey Ahl.
Hoberman plead guilty in November to a charge of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide for failing to yield the right of way when her vehicle clipped Ahl's motorcycle at 157th and Pacific May 23rd. The 45-year-old Ahl was wearing a helmet, but did not survive his injuries.
Hoberman will also lose her driver's license for six months. Because her vision was a contributing factor in the crash, according to Judge Marcena Hendrix, a physician must write a letter of assessment of Hoberman’s vision before she can return to the road. She must also complete a defensive driving course.
Court records indicate Hoberman was diagnosed with macular degeneration, an eye condition that usually affects older adults and causes visual impairment. Hoberman was quoted in police reports as saying she "couldn’t see, couldn’t see through the traffic.”
Ahl's widow Deb released a statement, saying," Unfortunately, no decision by the court today can bring Jeff back to us. Jeff was an amazing man who loved beautifully, served generously and lived fully. He was a man of integrity and faith. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend and we miss him beyond words. The world was a far better place with Jeff in it and we are thankful for the blessing of having had him in our lives.
We ask that in Jeff's memory, anyone who drives take the time to be aware and LOOK TWICE for motorcycles and their riders because once is never enough. Our hope is that no other family has to endure the same tragic loss suffered by our family, friends and Jeff's co-workers."
His mother, Sandy Ahl, says her son's death has created a sense of emptiness for Jeff's loved ones. "Hopefully we can go on and heal a little bit deeper because the pain has been very great. We miss Jeff terribly, he was not going to be around to see his daughter graduate and get to see his son and daughters have children and he looked so forward to being a grandfather."