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Rockford woman sentenced to prison in fatal traffic crash

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — A Rockford woman was sentenced to a dozen years behind bars in a traffic crash that left a pedestrian dead in 2015.

Jami Grey, 40, pleaded guilty last May to leaving the scene of an accident involving death. She was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

Charges against Grey stemmed from a traffic crash on July 5, 2015, in the 4000 block of Auburn Street. That’s where Rockford Police learned from witnesses that a black pickup swerved off the road and hit a pedestrian who was walking in the grass. The victim, later identified as Marvin King, was unresponsive at the scene and later died at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

The Chevy truck was located after the crash, and police observed damage to the front right side, consistent with
hitting a pedestrian. Grey admitted to swerving off the road and hitting King.

Leaving the scene of an accident involving death is a Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years on parole. R.

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