Chris Yung death: Margaret Luecke gets probation, fine, community service
Updated: July 15, 2013 - 05:25 pm
The Gainesville woman who faced charges in connection with the December line-of-duty death of a Prince William County Police officer was sentenced Monday to probation and community service.
Margaret Luecke, 70, says that she has been grieving for the family of 35-year-old Chris Yung since she was involved in the crash that killed him on New Year's Eve. A judge sentenced Luecke to a year of probation and 200 hours of community service.
"This was a tragic accident and I've been grieving since the day it happened and I can't say anymore," Luecke says.
She was also fined $2,500 and had her license suspended for six months.
Authorities charged Luecke with driving recklessly after authorities say she pulled her minivan in front of Yung, a motorcycle officer, near Nokesville Road and Piper Lane. At the time of the crash, authorities say Yung had his lights and sirens on.
“It’s reckless,” says Paul Ebert, Prince William County Commonwealth’s attorney. “She definitely should have seen what people saw but she didn’t do that. It did not rise to the level of manslaughter.”
In court, Luecke's defense attorney highlighted her spotless driving record and service to the community and church.
"I saw Chris lay down and he is done," says his mother, Jennifer Yung.
Jennifer remembers the awful moment her son died, while her husband says he is disappointed with the judge's decision. He says Luecke deserved harsher punishment.
"He was a good boy, a good son," Edward Yung says.
Officer Yung, 35, was a 7-year veteran of the department and only the third member of the county's police force to be killed in the line of duty. He was a husband and father of three who had also served in Iraq.
"This came out of the blue," Luecke's husband says. "It was a tragic accident and we've grieved and prayed every day for the Yung family."
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