(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A tragic story will come to a close in a Dearborn County courtroom Friday morning.
It was last September 8 that three-year-old Jack Carpenter wandered out onto North Dearborn Road in Bright and was struck and killed by a pickup truck.
The driver was a 32-year-old mother of three from Sunman.
Christy Shackelford-Grammer will be sentenced in Dearborn Superior Court I Friday morning by Judge Jonathan Cleary.
Shackelford-Grammer did not stop at the scene after the accident. It’s up for debate whether Christy Shackelford-Grammer realized she had hit something. Only she would know that for sure one of the investigators said during a press conference in the days following Carpenter’s death.
She contacted police after reading news reports later that night and realizing that the description of the truck that was witnessed in the accident matched the one she was driving.
Prosecutors charged her with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. They would later add a charge of Reckless Homicide.
Many of Shackelford-Grammer’s family, friends, and other supporters appeared at various court hearings as the case has progressed. They, along with the Carpenter family, could be present at Friday’s sentencing.
The case had seemed destined for a jury trial until a plea agreement was reached last month between the defense and prosecutors.
Shackelford-Grammer pleaded to a lesser charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Class D felony punishable by six months to three years. Cleary could decide to order her to serve the sentence on probation.