The driver of the car in a one-vehicle crash that killed a Port Washington woman in June was sentenced to 9 years in prison on Monday in relation to the incident.
Jaron S. Omon, of Port Washington, plead guilty in September to the charges of homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Phillips. Omon's preliminary blood test showed a .22 blood alcohol content.
In court on Monday, his defense attorney said his guilty plea showed he had taken responsibility for his decision to drive drunk, according to JSOnline.com.
Phillips' son also appeared in court, making a statement: "I lost my best friend, my role model; someone who was always there with a hug or a smile," according to JSOnline.com.
The crash occurred at 6 a.m. June 10 at County Highway C north of Ulao Road in the town of Grafton, according to a press release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jaron Omon of Port Washington. Omon was not injured during the crash. Omon was charged with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and is currently in the Ozaukee County Jail. His bail was set at $25,000.
Upon arrival, officers noticed the vehicle — a 4-door silver Mitsubishi — in the middle of the road fascing east; smoke was coming from under the hood, according to the release. The officer approached and found Phillips, who was already dead.
Omon was leaving a nearby residence when police arrived. Upon speaking with Omon, the officer noted no injuries but could see "his eyes were heavily bloodshot and glossy, his speech was heavily slurred and there was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath," according to the criminal complaint.
Omon told the officer he had been driving Phillips home, but he did not remember where they were coming from or how the accident occurred. He told police he exited the vehicle imeadiately after the crash, and knew that Phillips was killed.