No jail for driver who killed biker |

No jail for driver who killed biker

A woman whose vehicle struck a North San Juan man’s motorcycle head-on in Yuba County in September 2005, killing him, has received probation but no jail time after the charges against her were reduced by a judge.

David Michael “Chicago” Beaver, then 51, was driving on Willow Glen Road on his way to a Brownsville music festival when Amanda Danielle Driggers, 20, of Yuba City, rounded a corner in her vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Her vehicle crossed the center line and struck Beaver’s Harley-Davidson, killing him at the scene.

The original charge against Driggers was vehicular manslaughter after 13 Vicodin painkiller pills were found in her vehicle at the scene, according to John Vacek, a deputy district attorney for Yuba County.

When Driggers’ case came to a preliminary hearing, a toxicologist said there were trace amounts of Vicodin in her system, but could not say whether the amount impaired her or not.

That caused Yuba County Judge Debra Givens to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor driving violation, and Driggers pled guilty to the reduced charge, Vacek said.

She was sentenced Monday to two days in jail with credit for time served, two years of summary probation, traffic school and 80 hours community service.

“We disagreed with the disposition of no jail time,” Vacek said. “Poor Mr. Beaver was just a guy rolling along and she crossed over the double yellow lines and hit him.”

Friends of Beaver described him as “sweet as cherry pie.”

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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