Woman charged in deadly hit and run gets 75 days in jail, 30 months probation

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. — The area woman who pleaded guilty to a fatal hit and run from earlier this year is set to spend over two months in jail and the next 30 months on probation.

Judge Kevin Lyons sentenced 26-year-old Amanda Boyer on Wednesday for the Jan. 20 incident that left 39-year-old John Lackey of West Peoria dead. The hit and run took place around the 3100 block of West Farmington Road after 2 a.m.

“Ms. Boyer, you’re not a bad person, you’ve had a bad happening. And Mr. Lackey paid the price for it, but now you’re paying for it too,” Lyons said.

Back in June, Boyer pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident, which is a class 1 felony. 

On Wednesday, Peoria County Sheriff’s Department deputy Brian Groper testified, saying they found Boyer’s car at her residence between 36-48 hours after the incident, with a dent on the hood of the car. There was also damage below the front, bottom left bumper, and a window was shattered.

Video evidence showed Boyer was driving slowly and staying in the proper lanes before the crash. It also showed Lackey was swaying side to side while walking down the road.

Lackey had a BAC of .276 when officials ran tests on him later.

Boyer claimed she was worried for her safety and panicked and that’s why she left the scene. She said she didn’t know what Lackey was capable of. 

“The sentence will end, but this will remain with me for the rest of my life,” Boyer said. 

Boyer is an emergency room nurse at a Peoria health facility.

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