Driver sentenced in crash that killed Park City woman
Family and friends of the victim filled the courtroom
July 11, 2017
A drunk driver who crashed head-on into a vehicle while driving the wrong way on Interstate 80, killing a Park City woman in 2016, was sentenced on Monday to serve up to 10 years in prison.
In May, Stuart Riley Miller, age 32, of Kamas, pled guilty to automobile homicide and obstruction of justice, both third-degree felonies. He originally faced automobile homicide, as a second-degree felony, and an open container violation, a Class C misdemeanor. Automobile homicide as a second-degree felony is punishable upon conviction by between one and 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Monday, Judge Paige Petersen sentenced Miller to serve two consecutive, indeterminate terms of zero-to-five years in the Utah State Prison, with credit for time served. The Board of Pardons and Parole will determine the total amount of time he will spend in prison.
The 3rd District courtroom where the case was heard was filled with family and friends of the victim, Amanda 'Mandy' Streit. Several held pictures of Streit and were often seen wiping away tears as the case was discussed.
"When she was killed she wasn't just taken from us, but from countless others," said Sarah Harward, Streit's sister. "Nothing can bring my sister back to me, but a harsh sentence sends the right message to the community."
Martha Harward, Streit's mother, said a day never went by that she wasn't concerned about her daughter's well-being. Streit was diagnosed with hearing impairment as a young child.
"When Mandy was killed, I wanted to die," Harward said. "….But I stand in solidarity with all of the Park City mothers who have lost their children to drugs or alcohol…We need to send a clear message to everyone that there are clear consequences to the choice to drink and drive."
On March 30, 2016, Miller entered the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 going east at a high rate of speed and crashed into a Saturn Vue, driven by Streit, 39. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. A blood test conducted by Park City Medical Center revealed Miller had a blood-alcohol concentration of .279 grams per deciliter of blood. The legal limit is .08. According to court documents, law enforcement officials found a small, half-empty bottle of Jim Beam bourbon in his vehicle, which Miller admitted to drinking while driving.
"We have attended every court appearance," Martha Harward said. "Today is our 13th visit and I'm anxious to close this chapter."
Miller, who was shackled at the sentencing and stood with his eyes mostly downcast, said he was "humbled and completely remorseful" for his actions.
"No family deserves what I've put you through and I'm profoundly sorry for taking her from you," Miller said. "I struggle with her loss on a daily basis and know how exponentially difficult it is for you. I keep everyone connected in this tragedy in my thoughts and prayers and struggle to find forgiveness. I know I am a loving and caring person who made a huge, life-shattering mistake."
Before imposing his sentence, Petersen spent several minutes discussing the letters she had received on behalf of both Streit and Miller. She commented on Miller's lack of criminal history and issues struggling with addiction, in addition to Streit's genuine concern for others' well-being.
"I believe that you do have a desire to change your life and that you are remorseful. You have taken advantage of all the opportunities in jail for rehabilitation," Petersen said. "On the other hand, this crime you have committed has the most serious consequences possible and it is irreparable.
"What I hope is that you will serve the sentence I place upon you today and you will have to carry this with you for the rest of your life," she said.