MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A driver who struck and killed a Cobb County school crossing guard has been sentenced to prison.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Lamont Roosevelt Whitaker was driving on wet roads when he hit 64-year-old Edna Mae Umeh. Umeh was in her crossing guard uniform and died after being hit by the car. The speed limit was 25 mph (40 kph), but police say that Whitaker was driving between 45 mph (72 kph) and 50 mph (80 kph).

After pleading guilty, Whitaker said he fell asleep while driving. Prosecutors say he never mentioned fatigue during the police investigation.

Whitaker was sentenced to 15 years, with five years in custody. Whitaker is also barred from driving or having a license during his sentence.


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