Cody Judd was in his sentencing hearing for the fatal 2015 logging truck crash. WRCBtv.com photo
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The logging truck driver who crashed into a Bradley County teen and killed her in 2015 will serve jail time and then be under supervised probation.
A judge sentenced Cody Judd on Friday on a charge of reckless vehicular homicide.
The pain is still fresh for the two families impacted by the deadly 2015 crash.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Cody Judd was driving a logging truck on North Lee Highway in Cleveland when he ran a red light killing 17-year old Ashlyn Lamberth.
Lamberth had just graduated from Bradley County High School and planned to attend Lee University.
"To them, it happened just like yesterday. It was still just as devastating," Debra Robinson, a victim witness coordinator said.
Robinson said the Lamberth family has been waiting for Judd to be sentenced.
A judge granted a judicial diversion, which means a shorter jail sentence and the chance to have his record expunged in the future.
"It was very disheartening for them. I mean they lost their daughter, so you can only imagine what they went through when the accident happened," Robinson said.
The judge cited several factors in his decision including Judd expressing remorse, not having a criminal record, and the unusual circumstances of the case.
"There's absolutely no indication that my client was acting recklessly or set out that day to do anything illegal," Matthew Rogers, Judd's defense attorney said.
His client will now head to jail for thirty days before serving six years of supervised probation.
"Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family members from the other side. My client and his family have been impacted greatly by this, but in no way, form, or fashion as the deceased's family," Rogers said.
The supervised probation includes some guidelines like no alcohol or drugs. He'll also need to work.
Violating probation would mean three years in prison for Judd.
The Lamberth family did not want to comment on camera on the sentencing, but issued the following statement:
"We have waited for 2.5 years for a verdict. This is not what we were hoping for. We feel that a 30 day jail time and 6yrs probation doesn't give Ashlyn the justice she deserves. However, that is what was given and because we do have the best justice system in the world we have to accept it."
UPDATE: The logging truck driver who crashed into a car driven by a 17-year-old Bradley County girl was sentenced today in the deadly 2015 crash.
A judge sentenced Judd to 30 days in jail immediately Friday and then to six years of supervised probation. His defense attorneys asked for a diversion, which was granted. If the terms of Judd's probation are violated, he'll serve 3 years in prison.
Judd pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless vehicular homicide in August of 2017.
PREVIOUS STORY: A Wednesday morning crash on North Lee Highway in Cleveland left one person dead.
The community now mourns the death of the 17-year-old girl, Ashlyn Lamberth. We spoke with close friend Emily Rievley, who says Ashlyn Lamberth was the sweetest girl you'd ever meet; she never walked into a room without a smile. It's that smile that Rievley and her friend and family will always remember.
"On my way home I was listening to a video of Ashlyn and my brother from Christmas, singing “Baby It's Cold Outside”. It's just so hard to believe that she's not here anymore," said Rievley.
Ashlyn had a bright future ahead of her, a recent graduate of Bradley High School, the 17-year-old planned on going to Lee University in the fall. "She had one of the biggest hearts in the entire world," said Rievley.
Rievley says Ashlyn was basically an extension of her family; Ashlyn had been dating Rievley's brother for two years. "It doesn't seem real right now," said Rievley.
Rievley says the tragic accident that took Ashlyn's life too soon serves as a wake-up call. "On my way home I saw two people run red lights, it made me think ‘it could have been you'," said Rievley. "It makes you realize that you never know when you're last day is gonna be and to always make sure that you're right with Jesus."
Rievley says she can find some comfort in knowing she has an extra set of eyes watching over her. "She was like an angel. Well, now she is," said Rievley.
The driver of the logging truck, Cody Judd, 20, was not injured. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) reports that Judd was driving north on Hwy 11 approaching the intersection of Tasso Lane. Lamberth's car was stopped at the red light waiting to turn left onto Highway 11. When the light turned green, she proceeded to turn left on Hwy 11. The truck did not stop at the light and hit the car in the driver's door.
PREVIOUS STORY: A 17-year-old girl lost her life Wednesday in Bradley County in a collision with a logging truck.
The crash happened on North Lee Highway at Tasso Lane.
Tennessee Highway Patrol is working the crash with assistance from both the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff's Office assisting.
Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.
Saturday, January 20 2018 8:07 AM EST2018-01-20 13:07:44 GMT
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