AIS crash: driver sentenced

The public prosecutor's office of Gera, Germany, announced Friday that Stephanie Magner, the now 19...

The public prosecutor's office of Gera, Germany, announced Friday that Stephanie Magner, the now 19 year-old car driver who caused the July, 2005 crash in which Australian Institute of Sport rider Amy Gillett was killed and five of her team-mates were seriously injured, will receive a fine of 1440 Euros and not be allowed to drive for eight months. The group of riders were training in Thüringen, Germany, to prepare for a stage race when the accident occurred.

Magner, who was 18 years old at the time and had just received her driving license, was accused of involuntary manslaughter and five cases of negligent assault. Losing control of her vehicle for reasons which have not been revealed, Magner was also badly injured in the accident. Because of her young age, the milder German youth criminal law may have been applied in the sentence.

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