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Drunk Driver Sentenced for Fatal 2012 E. Columbus Crash
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A driver who admitted to consuming alcohol before causing a crash that killed a teacher has agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for nine years.
Clarence Dickerson pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with the November, 2012 crash that killed Scottwood Elementary School teacher Melissa Rone.
Dickerson was drunk behind the wheel of his van when the vehicle struck Rone's car on James Road in East Columbus, according to investigators.
The popular teacher was 38-years-old at the time of her death.
"Being angry doesn't help anybody, does more toll on us than anything else," Rone's father, Dennis, said. "We're just glad he's going away. He'll be off the street nine years."
In addition to the prison sentence, Dickerson's driver's license has been suspended for life. He is scheduled to serve five years of probation after his release.