Riverwatch Wrong Way Driver Sentenced to Life in Prison

AUGUSTA, Ga.- Monique Sullivan, the woman convicted of murder after a traffic accident caused by driving the wrong way on Riverwatch Parkway will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Monique Sullivan was sentenced to life Thursday morning.

In June, Sullivan was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault, reckless driving, cruelty to children, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road and not obeying a traffic control device.

In the courtroom during the sentencing, Sullivan apologized to the victims involved in the crash.

Monique Sullivan in court in Augusta, Georgia.
Monique Sullivan in court in Augusta, Georgia.

It was a very emotional day in the courtroom today as it was two years ago today that Amelia Hiltz died from her injuries as a result of the 2012 wrong way crash.

Monique Sullivan came into the courtroom wearing a pink prison jumpsuit.

She was sentenced on 9 separate charges.

For the felony murder charge, it’s a life sentence with the possibility of parole. All of the other charges total up to 55 years, but those will run concurrent with the life sentence.

Several witnesses and victims got up to speak about that deadly 2012 crash. In fact, a lot of the victims say they forgive Sullivan for what she did.

One witness of the crash talked about the moments after the crash.

“As a husband and a father… I’m angry. Angry that the image of Amelia Hiltz will always be one of pain and suffering of struggling to survive. Of Amelia, a wife mother and daughter never being able to hold her children and tell them she loves them.”

The biggest moment of all today was when Mrs. Sullivan got up herself and told everyone that she is sorry for what happened.

She and her legal team thanked the judge for the state minimum life sentence.

Coming up at 5 and 6 tonight, you’ll hear from Sullivan in those moments when she spoke before the courtroom.

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