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Medina woman avoids jail time in fatal 2017 pedestrian-involved crash

Updated: July 15, 2019 06:59 PM

A Medina woman charged with criminal vehicular homicide after authorities say she struck and killed a pedestrian in 2017 avoided prison time when she was sentenced Monday.

Luann Johnson, 58, was sentenced to one year at the Hennepin County Workhouse with five days credit for time served. After 150 days, the remaining time of up to 210 days can be served via electronic monitoring. That's in addition to five years of supervised probation. She was also sentenced to four years in prison, but the sentence was stayed for five years and will likely be waived if she doesn't violate the terms of her probation.

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Johnson originally pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, but pleaded guilty to one count in May as part of a plea deal and the first two counts were dismissed.

Among the terms of her probation, Johnson will have to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Impact Panel and speak about her experience at 20 events in the community.

"I would like to use you and your story and the pain that you suffered and the pain that the Singletons have suffered as a way to maybe make a difference that will avoid some type of tragedy in the future," Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam said during the sentencing.


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"Dear Judge Quam, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for the accident that caused the death of Mary Singleton," Johnson said in court. "During our conversation, one of the many things I finally had the opportunity to express to the Singleton family was how sorry I truly was. Mary's sister's reply to me was, 'That's all I wanted to hear.'"

The Singleton family also read statements in court, but asked that they not be recorded. Joe Singleton, Mary's husband, said she gave him purpose, adding that she only got to be a grandmother for two months before she was killed.

A criminal complaint said officers were called to County Road 101 and Eighth Avenue in Plymouth on the evening of June 12, 2017.

When police arrived, a pedestrian involved in the crash was pronounced dead, the complaint said.

Investigators said Johnson was northbound on County Road 101 when she swerved across both lanes of traffic, jumped a curb and struck the pedestrian.

Officers said Johnson failed a field sobriety test and had a preliminary breath test reading of .108, according to the complaint.

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