GREELEY, Colo. – A woman convicted in October of two counts of vehicular homicide stemming from a 2015 crash will serve 12 years of probation and have to perform at least 100 community tasks in lieu of prison time.
Nacole Lee Grim, 30, was paralyzed from the neck down in the crash, which happened in April 2015. She was speeding in the left lane of I-25 and got into a road rage incident with another driver.
She drifted into the right lane, overcorrected, and went into oncoming traffic.
Thirty-nine-year-old Andrea Weiss, of Fort Collins, and 34-year-old Dang Mantkhong, of Parker, died in separate vehicles when Grim crashed into them.
Grim faced 24 years in prison at Friday’s sentencing. But Judge Shannon Lyons handed down a unique sentence that does not include prison time instead.
Since Grim is paralyzed from the neck down, Judge Lyons said sending her to prison would not be beneficial for her or the state, as she requires round-the-clock medical attention. But he also said the probation was “not enough,” according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
He handed her a sentence of 12 years of supervised probation instead, and also ordered her to perform at least 100 presentations to the community about the crash and the victims.
Grim will have to speak to every Weld County high school about the case and about road rage, and she will have to work with the district attorney’s office to produce a public service announcement.
Several of the victims’ family members testified at Grim’s sentencing.
“Her [Mantkhong] life was taken away unexpectedly and undeserved,” said Mantkhong’s sister, Linda Mantkhong. “The loss has sent shockwaves through my family. We’re still grieving, and without question, there will always be a void in our hearts.”
“Andrea had such a big heart,” said Weiss’ partner, Linda Thomas. “But she always felt if you created a problem, you must be held accountable. I hope from here we can all heal. I loss the light that was my life. I can never get it back, and now my mission is to find me again.”
She was convicted in October of two counts of vehicular homicide caused by reckless driving and one count of recklessly causing third-degree assault.