Charlotte woman gets delayed sentence in car crash death of pastor

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CHARLOTTE, MI (WILX) - Elizabeth Meinke will not serve jail time for her alleged role in a car accident that caused the death of a well-known pastor.

Back in May of last year, Meinke hit and killed 51-year-old Timothy Olson as he drove to go to his favorite coffee shop, Biggby.

Meinke was charged with reckless driving causing death, which is a felony. She pleaded guilty. Meinke will receive a delayed sentence, which means she will not serve jail time if she completes all that is required. She is not allowed to drink, drive, or do illicit drugs. She must have a job for at least 30 hours a week. In addition, she will be drug tested twice a week.

If there are no violations, the prosecuting attorney will reduce the charge to moving violation causing death, a one-year misdemeanor, and two years probation.

Judge John Mauer did change her sentence a little, saying she can now have contact with the Olson family if they allow it.

Both Olson's daughter, Rachel, and Meinke spoke at the sentencing. News 10's Megan Hiler will have more on News 10 at 5:00.

Meinke will be back in court on April 30th, 2020.

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