“He chose to hit the gas instead of the brake. He chose to run from police instead of pull over and take his consequences,” Gloria Mongold said. “From the time he hit the gas she only had a minute and 33 seconds of life.”
Thomson cried while Gloria Mongold spoke and during remarks by Elizabeth Frantz, whose daughter was walking home with Kayla when Thomson struck her. Thomson read a letter to Kayla’s family asking for forgiveness.
“My actions were a chain of mistakes that actually followed originally from being scared, being scared of going to jail and being removed from my children and my wife,” Thomson said. “Constantly I am tormented with the details replaying in my mind, wishing I had just done one thing differently.”
The day of the crash, Thomson’s license was suspended and he was on probation for a heroin charge out of Montgomery County. He also had alcohol in his system, although it was below the legal limit, said Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill.
While O’Neill said he believes Thomson has “genuine remorse” for his actions, he said the facts leading up to the crash and that Thomson has been caught driving without a license or while it was under suspension eight times before is why he gave him the maximum sentence.
“His record would indicate that having a valid driver’s license was not something he considered necessary,” O’Neill said.
No restitution was ordered. Thomson will have a chance to appeal.