Woman says she'll appeal a 90-day sentence for traffic death

Woman says she'll appeal a 90-day sentence for traffic death

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Desirae Kaim dabbed tears and apologized for the crash that killed Judith Adelaar, 62.

"I'm very sorry for what happened," Kaim said.

She is lucky a jury convicted her of only misdemeanor charges in Adelaar's death.

The Jan. 6, 2015 accident on Interstate 490 was captured on an Ohio Department of Transportation traffic camera.

In the video, Kaim's car can be seen on the left side of the screen speeding, approaching the tail of one car, veering left, then almost out of frame starts skidding.  A split second later, she skids into Adelaar, who was out of her car pumping air into a tire.

The ODOT traffic camera video tells only part of the story. What it doesn't give you is a feel for the speed.

Five seconds before the crash, with her foot off the accelerator she was going 80 mph. Kaim's attorney John Stanard told the jury a confluence of facts led to the crash, even hinting that the victim stopping on the side of the road to fix a tire contributed.

The judge said the jury was deeply offended by that statement.

"We are here because of the negligent conduct of your client and for no other reason," Judge Michael Russo said.

Kay Brocklehurst was Judith's partner.  She described her in detail, but feared Desirae Kaim isn't internalizing what she has done.

Kaim refused to look at accident pictures, or even a portrait of Judith that was brought to court.

"To me, it's like how are you going to recognize your responsibility, what really happened unless you face it, unless you look at it," Brocklehurst said.

Kaim got 90 days in jail.

"I didn't want any maximum punishment for her simply because nothing will bring my Jude back. Nothing and that's all I care about," Brocklehurst said.

Despite avoiding a felony and long prison term, Kaim said she'll appeal.

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