An Ohio woman who struck and killed 2 teenage girls while texting and driving was recently sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Natasha Boggs, age 25, asked for forgiveness before she was sentenced in Akron. In March, she pleaded guilty to 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count each of vehicular assault and attempted tampering with evidence.Taylor Galloway, of Akron, and Amber Thoma, of Coventry Township, were both 14 when they were killed by Boggs in May of 2017. A 15-year-old boy was also seriously injured in the incident.
Those involved were struck alongside a road without sidewalks in the Coventry Township of Summit County.
Speaking before the courtroom, Angela Galloway, Taylor’s mother, was visibly emotional, saying “Natasha robbed my daughter of the life she should have had. I will never see Taylor grow up. No prom or graduation, falling in love for the first time or a family of her own."
Galloway called Boggs selfish for deleting texts from her phone immediately after the deadly collision. Although Boggs cried as she spoke, Galloway was unmoved by the gesture. The Galloway family also urged the judge to give Boggs the maximum sentence of 9 years in prison.
Speaking about Bogg’s tears, Ms. Galloway said, “Those tears are not for Taylor. They are tears for Natasha and loss of freedom. We are facing life alone and she gets maybe nine years. Where’s the justice in that? … I don’t think nine years is too much to ask for the lives of two beautiful girls.”
In a shaky voice, Boggs addressed family members, saying “I’m truly sorry. I never meant for anything to happen. I can’t forgive myself. I’m truly sorry.”
Bogg’s defense attorney had argued that she was not speeding, and that she was not drunk or impaired at the time of the crash. Bogg’s will receive credit for the 11 months she’s already spent in jail, bringing her total prison sentence to just over 5 years. Her license to drive has been suspended for 5 years.Have you lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence? The attorneys at Burnside Brankamp Law can help you with your wrongful death case. Contact our team of Portsmouth personal injury lawyers to set up your free consultation today.