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By John Burnett
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

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.

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10 Comments on "Hawaii woman sentenced in DUI death of Wrightsville Beach student"

Lynda H
2015 years 8 months ago

10 years is not enough time for this lady. She was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and then she left the scene. As a mother of a murdered child, it does not go away because the person goes to jail. I think something stronger should have been done. Now thee parents are left with an empty hole because their child, who they sent over there to further his education was cut short…way too short..I guess, if I want to continue to be a good christian, I will have to forgive but I tell you, God…you will have to help me with this one. Dr and Mrs Winslow… I know your pain and I am so very sorry for your loss. I thought that I was gonna lose my mind when my son was killed..But I kept the faith, I held on…You know, sometimes it gets a little hard but God promised me that He would ease my heavy burdens and that is what I rely on…HIS WORD..I pray for you everyday

2015 years 8 months ago

I must be guilty. I simply love quilts.

2015 years 8 months ago

I dont believe in plea bargains. If you are guilty you are quilty. You should recieve the maximum punishment that fits the crime. What a waste of such a young mans life. He was just getting started. My heart goes out to his family.

ghost rider
2015 years 8 months ago

RIP BRODY. you are missed by many

2015 years 8 months ago

My son was 28 when he died because a drunk driving without license, no insurance, he and his car was totally illegal. My son just bought and signed for a brand new house, had life insurance on the house and him, and worked at HECO … his future was great. Wife and daughter left to grieve and suffer. This woman had no respect for others but her selfish insecurities, whatever. Sad, but one less law breaker on the road … There should never ever allow plea bargains period … maximum it should be. God love and prayers to the family. Good news in the end, she is locked up!

Maureen A. Wilson
2015 years 8 months ago

Who was your son?
I am so very sorry for your loss.
This is horrific.

2015 years 8 months ago

I know I should feel bad for a picture of a lady bawling her eyes out, but no. Yes her life is going to suck from here on out but she has one. SHE made a really bad decision that she could have avoided all this by making the responsible choice. What about his family who now has to deal the rest of their lives without him? That is a lot worse sentence and will last forever. She did that. Time to spend the time.

Don’t like jail? Put down the keys or the bottle. Simple as that.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 8 months ago

There are no excuses for this ignorant behavior. She deserves to spend the rest of her life behind bars.

2015 years 8 months ago

A driver hit and killed a bicyclist right here in New Hanover County earlier this year, then went into hiding for two days….wonder if a judge here will have the ba**s to send her to prison, probably not because “she was a nice little girl that got scared and went into hiding!!!”

2015 years 8 months ago

She can save the tears! She wasn’t balling her ignorant eyes out when she turned up the bottle or can or whatever! GROW UP! You were big & bad as a drunk now be big & bad as a prisoner!


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