OLATHE, Kan. -- The man who caused a three-vehicle crash that killed a child in November 2015 was sentenced Thursday in Johnson County. He received more than eleven years (140 months) in prison.
In March, Boyd Chism, 41, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery for the crash that took the life of 17-month-old Addilynn Poole and seriously injured another child.
On that Saturday afternoon, November 7th, 2015, Chism was speeding and crashed into the car Addilynn, her mom, dad and brother Harry were in. Harry has lost vision in one eye as a result of the wreck, family says.
Before Judge Thom Sutherland read his sentence, Chism tearfully apologized to the family. Addilynn's mom, Heather spoke to Chism during the sentencing hearing.
"I know you didn't try to kill my daughter that day, but your careless actions did," she said. "I forgive you not because you deserve it, or because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a way to help me move forward."
A Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy says at 2:45 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 a red sedan was seen driving at a high rate of speed east on W 175th Street in an area just east of Gardner, Kan.
Investigators say a deputy tried to stop Chism, but decided not to pursue him because of public safety concerns. The deputy then put out a description of the vehicle.
Officers say they received more calls about the red sedan as it traveled east on W. 175th Street, including a call to report that it collided with another vehicle along the street but continued to flee along W. 175th Street.
The red sedan Chism was driving then collided with a silver passenger vehicle at the intersection of W. 175th Street and Pflumm Road and caused the silver vehicle to crash into a white pickup truck.
Police say, Addilynn, her parents Heather Tracy and Ryan Poole, and Heather’s eight-year-old adopted brother, Harry Mock were in the family’s car apparently waiting to turn when the crash happened.
Heather was driving. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital with neck and back injuries.
Chism was arrested at the scene.