OSWEGO—An Arkansas man was sentenced Tuesday to state prison for his role in a head-on collision that caused the March death of a 19-year-old Pulaski woman.
Oswego County Court Judge Donald E. Todd sentenced 46-year-old Jeffrey A. Carroll, of Little Rock, Arkansas, to two and one-third to seven years in state prison Monday following a conviction for second-degree vehicular manslaughter. Authorities said the sentence is the maximum the court is allowed to impose for such a crime.
Oswego County deputies in April charged Carroll with vehicular manslaughter for his involvement in the death of Mikayla Guile. Deputies said Carroll was driving a boom truck eastbound on state Route 13 in Williamstown when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck Guile’s vehicle head-on around 11:45 a.m. on March 30.
Authorities alleged Carroll, who was transported to a Syracuse hospital with non-life threatening injuries, was operating the vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Guile, who was driving a 2006 Chevy Impala, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes said Carroll admitted to driving the vehicle into the oncoming lane while impaired by marijuana. Following Monday’s sentencing, Oakes expressed sympathy for the victim’s family, saying his “heart goes out to Mikayla’s parents.”
“They are living every parent’s nightmare, and I cannot imagine their loss,” the district attorney said.
Following the crash, Carroll was initially ticketed for failure to keep right, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt. The Arkansas man was initially arrested after deputies discovered he was wanted in his home state on outstanding warrants for drug-related charges out of Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Oswego County investigators told The Palladium-Times in April that Carroll was heading to the town of Whitehall, located in Washington County. Authorities described Carroll’s occupation as a “subcontracted manual laborer,” and confirmed his commercial truck was in transit from one job site to another at the time of the crash.
Oakes commended the court for imposing the maximum sentence, adding Carroll should serve the full seven-year term. Oakes, however, called the sentence “insufficient” for the crime and expressed frustration with state lawmakers who have not amended the law despite victims being regularly killed by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“Justice requires more,” he said. “The law needs to be amended so that courts may impose longer sentences on drunk and drugged drivers who take a life.”
District Attorney Oakes called on the public to contact state lawmakers to request enhanced sentences for i types of offenses.
“Until the public demands greater penalties, the law will not change,” Oakes said.
Second-degree vehicular manslaughter is a class D felony and convictions carry sentences similar to crimes such as fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree health care fraud.