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Cuyahoga County prosecutor to sentence a woman for DUI and killing a construction worker

James Stephens

CLEVELAND, OH – On July 21, Sabra Tolliver is sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison for the misconduct she commits back in October 2019. The decision was announced by Michael C. O’Malley, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

Tolliver was driving under the influence in Interstate 71 (I-71) and struck two victims, killing a construction worker, age 61, and another worker, age 25, who was heavily injured, in October 2019.

It was then informed by Prosecutor O’Malley that the deceased victim was working on his birthday to provide for his family. “He was tragically killed, and another victim was seriously injured, due to this individual’s selfish actions. Our thoughts remain with the victims’ families, friends, and coworkers,” he stated.

The exact date of the occurrence was on October 9, 2019. Tolliver was passing a construction zone on I-17 close to the Snow Road exit ramp when she hit both victims, intoxicated. The survived victim was thrown underneath a parked truck in the side lane of the road.

While the 61-year-old victim was pulled underneath Toliver’s car approximately over 1,200 feet before Tolliver stopped, and ran away from the spot to the southbound of the highway.

She was then followed by a witnessing co-worker and caught up to her near a restaurant on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights. Tolliver was arrested by the police afterward.

Emergency Medical Services came to the crime scene and pronounced the 61-year-old victim deceased. The other victim suffered broken bones in his face, shoulder, and legs which were followed by medically required staples to his head, and admitted to hospital for treatment.

The investigation by Brook Park Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Middleburg Heights Police Department, assisted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office discovered a soaring Blood Alcohol Concentration Level in Tolliver’s blood, which surpassed twice the legal limit.

Cannabinoids were also discovered in her system at the same time. The investigation also used highway video surveillance to confirm the crime committed by Tolliver.

Tolliver was sentenced under “The Reagan Tokes Law” after previously pleaded guilty to charges with each one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Failure to Stop After Accident, and Driving While Under The Influence.

The Ohio Department of Corrections will assess her behavior after 10 years of serving and will decide whether she should be released or not.

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