Bay Co. Woman gets 7 Years for Fatal Crash

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Ida Renee Cardwell was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Cardwell, 35, of 2622 Anne Ave., pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of a crash involving death and tampering with physical evidence.

If the case had gone to trial, Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford was prepared to prove that Cardwell was traveling west on East 15th Street the night of May 24 when she crashed into the rear of a motorcycle and killed 21-year-old Ethan Casey. Cardwell drove away from the crash instead of stopping, rendering aid and cooperating with law enforcement. The next morning she removed items from her car to conceal the fact that it had been involved in a hit and run.

Cardwell pleaded "straight up" to Circuit Judge Brantley Clark Jr., meaning there was no agreed to penalty for her plea. Clark sentenced her Thursday to 84 months in the Department of Corrections, followed by three years probation, for leaving the scene. He also gave her 60 months in prison for tampering with evidence, and ordered that penalty to be served at the same time as the first sentence.

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