On Monday, a woman from Indianapolis officially admitted that she caused a crash on Interstate 69 in 2014 that killed her granddaughter.
Donna Michelle Randolph, 49, pleaded guilty to causing death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a Class C felony with a maximum eight-year sentence. If Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Linda Ralu Wolf agrees to the terms of a plea deal, Randolph will get three years in prison, but one year will be taken off.
Randolph cried in court on Monday when she said she had smoked marijuana before the crash, which happened in June 2014 on the northbound lanes of I-69 in southwestern Delaware County.
Indiana State Police said Randolph’s car slowed down or stopped completely, and a pickup truck hit it from behind.
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Tavionna Ford, her 4-year-old granddaughter, was killed in the accident. Investigators said that she was buckled in with a seat belt, but she was not in a child safety seat, which is required by law. Randolph called the victim “my grandbaby” with tears in his eyes on Monday.
If Wolf agrees to the deal, the woman from Indianapolis will get her sentence on May 22. The deal also calls for the second count of reckless homicide to be dropped.
Since the accident in Delaware County in 2014, Randolph has been found guilty of drunk driving twice in Marion County. Randolph was supposed to go to court in 2017 to plead guilty to one of the charges against her in the Delaware County case, but she didn’t show up. Later, that plea deal was taken back.
Since last August, the Indianapolis woman has been in the Delaware County jail. After Randolph didn’t show up for a pre-trial hearing in May 2022, Wolf issued a warrant for her arrest.
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