Posted: May 9, 2013 1:39 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - A University of Montana professor, who hit and killed a Missoula teen with her vehicle, cried throughout her Thursday morning court appearance, saying she is very sorry for what happened.
Yoon Hee Cho appeared in Missoula Municipal Court and pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving resulting in death and driving on a sidewalk.
Chance Geery, 18, died after being hit by the car driven by Cho on the sidewalk of Mullan Road on April 1.
Missoula police determined that Cho, 38, drove up onto the sidewalk on Mullan Road and hit Geery from behind as he was walking with his girlfriend.
Police said that she was distracted at the time of the incident, but was not using her cell phone when she struck the Milltown teen.
Cho received a six-month jail sentence, and all but 30 days of that sentence were suspended.
She will serve that 30-day sentence on home arrest.
Cho was also given a six-month suspended sentence for driving on the sidewalk.
Prosecutors say the Geery family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the incident.