MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Susan Dickerson, 37, of Mobile, pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide of 60-year-old William “Bill” Bramlett, on Thursday, August 28.
This, after her car crossed the center line and crashed into his motorcycle on the Dauphin Island Bridge in July of 2013.
Dickerson also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance in the case.
She was sentenced to five years, which was split to the time she had already spent in jail, which was about eight to nine months, and the balance of that was suspended, meaning she was given time served.
Officials with the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office said because the officers on scene of the accident did not take a blood test from Dickerson, she was able to get a lighter sentence.
“She crossed the center line on the Dauphin Island Bridge, ran into the motorcycle that was coming in the opposite direction,” explained JoBeth Murphree, Assistant District Attorney. “The officer on the scene let her leave, and afterwards the state troopers responded and pointed out that it would probably be a really good idea to have her blood tested. The initial officer called her, asked her to meet him at the hospital so that could be accomplished, and she never did. So we didn’t have any evidence of impairment through drugs or alcohol, and we also did not have any eye-witnesses who could testify as to impairment on her part.”
Friends of Bramlett told FOX10 they wish there could have been a harsher sentence given to Dickerson.
“I don’t feel like that’s a just sentence for what happened, but I think the investigation was botched so bad by Dauphin Island Police and detectives, that the DA’s office wasn’t left with anything to work with,” said long-time friend A.B. Grantham.
Grantham said nothing will ease the pain of losing a true friend.
“Nothing is going to bring Bill back, whether she is sentenced to time served, or more time, that’s really not the point. We miss Bill and no matter what she was found or sentenced to, it’s still not going to bring Bill back,” he said. “(Dickerson) is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life. She knows that she has done wrong, and that she took a man’s life, a hero.”