Driver gets 10 years in ’12 fatal accident

Courtesy: Topeka Capital-Journal
Courtesy: Topeka Capital-Journal

Lori Neddermeyer told the court Friday she hasn’t had a goodnight’s sleep since her daughter Maddie Naill, died in a car crash March 19, 2012.

The driver of that car, Hunter Hiller, was drunk, his blood alcohol level was .18- more than twice the legal limit.  Hillmer is now paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair.

Hillmer’s attorney, Wendell Betts, asked the court to consider releasing him on probation to his parents who, they argue, would be able to better care for him.  Betts called witnesses, Hillmer’s former physical therapist who worked with him in the weeks following the accident, and Hillmer’s nurse at the Shawnee County Jail who testified Hillmer has had multiple infections and sores that stem from his paralysis.

The state refuted the claim, citing the prison system’s constitutional obligation to care for Hillmer as well as provide job training.

At the time of the crash, Hillmer was on probation stemming from an alcohol-related arrest.

“Why was it you didn’t learn from your prior mistakes?” Judge Nancy Parris said during her statement in which she explained her reasons for denying Hillmer’s motion for a lesser sentence.


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