Meininger enters no contest plea in fatal crash

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — A Sidney woman who struck a motorcycle, resulting in the death of its driver in June, entered a no contest plea to vehicular manslaughter in Sidney Municipal Court Tuesday.

Linda Meininger, 73, outgoing Shelby County Treasurer, was northbound on Sidney Freyburg Road, on June 28, when she started to make a left turn onto Hoewisher Road. She failed to see a motorcycle driven by Philip Brown, 67, of Sidney.

She turned into the motorcycle’s path, resulting in a near head-on collision. Brown, who was southbound on Sidney Freyburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was ejected from his motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Meininger was not injured in the collision and the vehicle she was driving sustained moderate damage.

No contest is a plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty.

The potential sentence for the second-degree misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge is up to 90 days in jail, a license suspension, probation, and/or a fine.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. A traffic citation of right of way when turning left was dismissed.

By Alexandra Newman

[email protected]

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

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