By John Burnett
Emotions ran high and tears flowed Friday at the sentencing of a 41-year-old Volcano woman who was under the influence of alcohol and several drugs when she struck and killed a 20-year-old bicyclist with her pickup truck last year.
Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura sentenced Alison Taylor to 10 years in prison for a hit-and-run collision that killed Brody Winslow, a Hawaii Community College psychology student from Wrightsville Beach, N.C. In a deal with prosecutors, Taylor pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent homicide, leaving the scene and DUI. She was originally also charged with manslaughter, reckless driving and driving while her license was suspended. She could have faced a 20-year prison term if convicted on the manslaughter charge.
At about 7:30 a.m. on April 11, 2012, Taylor was driving south on Kinoole Street between Ohea and Puainako streets when she struck Winslow, who was riding in a bike path in the same direction. Taylor then hit a utility pole, severing it, and fled south on Kinoole before being pulled over at the intersection of West Palai Street by Assistant Police Chief Marshall Kanehailua.