MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (Nov. 30, 2015) - The man accused of hitting and seriously injuring a school principal and assistant principal in June was sentenced in Madison County on Monday.
Michael Shriver was sentenced to 10 years behind bar on multiple charges of OWI causing serious bodily injury. Shriver's BAC was .16-- two times the legal limit. According to police, Shriver ran a stop sign, hitting another woman's car and then two women who were biking.
During the sentencing hearing, the two women spoke of the injuries they sustained in the crash and the emotional and physical struggle they've had since the crash.
Angela Bostrom, the principal for St. Malachy Catholic School in Brownsburg, was in a coma for 8 days. She suffered a brain injury and stroke. Bostrom said her vocal chords were damaged as well. In a victim impact statement Bostrom said to Shriver, "You took it upon yourself to be drinking." Bostrom said she has more than $10,000 in medical bills and expects more to come. She said Shriver "took away my love of biking."
Saundra Kennison is the assistant principal for St. Malachy Catholic School. She suffered a spine fracture, concussion, and other injuries. She will be undergoing a surgery for her shoulder. Kennison told the court she still cannot perform to her full functions as assistant principal. In a victim impact statement she said because of the crash she is "physically changed on the outside and emotionally changed on the inside."
Both women spoke of their love of biking and how the crash has changed their ability to ride bikes. They were training for a marathon bike charity ride during the crash. They planned to ride 70 miles the day of the crash. Bostrom said an app on her phone lets her family know when she is riding and when she is stationary. She said her husband got a text on his phone saying she was not riding and he called to find out she had been involved in the crash.
The judge told the courtroom the impact of the crash "reaches far beyond the accident scene."
Shriver told the women and his family he was sorry. Saying "I'll do my time. That's the best I can do."
As part of a plea deal, Shriver will also have his license suspended for six years. He was previously convicted of at least three OWI charges.