Woman sentenced in crash that hurt Arcanum child


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Woman sentenced in crash that hurt Arcanum child

A woman with a history of traffic violations in the Miami Valley was sentenced to jail and house arrest for striking a seventh-grade Arcanum student in the crosswalk in front of the child's school in December.

Billie Skeens, 25, has been sentenced after being found guilty on driving under suspension, reckless operation and failure to yield to a pedestrian from the Dec. 20 crash.

The Shelby County resident received an amended 120-day jail sentence: As long as she pays $1,002 in fines and court costs, Skeens will only have to serve 10 days in jail and 30 days on electronic-monitored house arrest, according to the Darke County Clerk of Courts Office.

Skeens was driving under suspension when she struck and critically injured a 13-year-old girl in front of Arcanum-Butler Middle School in Arcanum.

According to the victim's family, the girl spent four days in intensive care and continues to recover at home. She has not been able to return to school.

Skeens has been caught driving in Miami County on a suspended license multiple times since November 2008, according to county court records.

Court records also show Skeens has been cited for several other traffic violations, including at least three in 2013.

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