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Driver in fatal crash allegedly violated probation

| Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Fayette County woman who avoided prison in a high-speed vehicle crash that claimed the life of her 2-year-old daughter has been accused of probation violations that could net her jail time.

Lynn Renee Thomas, also known as Lynn Renee Morrison, 38, of 186 N. Gallatin Ave., Uniontown, was released Thursday from the Fayette County Jail. She had been held there since May 22 on a detainer issued for alleged probation violations, according to court documents, but she was freed Thursday after Judge Steve Leskinen lifted the detainer.

Thomas will remain free until at least June 16, when she is to appear before Leskinen for a hearing on the alleged violations.

In December, Leskinen sentenced Thomas to four years of intermediate punishment, including six months on house arrest with electronic monitoring, in the death of Kylie Renee Thomas. Kylie died in December 2006 of head and neck injuries sustained when Thomas' speeding car smashed through concrete planters on a sidewalk in Uniontown.

Intermediate punishment is a form of probation in which a defendant must abide by court-ordered sanctions but does not report to prison.

At the time of sentencing, Leskinen told Thomas he could have sent her to jail for as long as seven years. He warned her that failure to abide by the terms of her probation could result in a prison sentence.

"As of this point, ma'am, any minor violations could result in this court revoking your intermediate punishment and putting you in a real prison," said Leskinen, according to a transcript of the sentencing proceedings.

Thomas' probation officer, James Williams Jr., said in court documents that despite multiple warnings, Thomas on numerous occasions either failed to obtain permission to leave her residence or violated her 6:30 p.m. curfew.

On two occasions in March, Thomas told Williams she left her house to search for a Justin Luckey, who is described in court documents as her boyfriend. In one of those instances, Thomas left her house after 11 p.m. to look for Luckey at bars in Uniontown and houses in Lemont Furnace.

On a third occasion, she told Williams she took another of her children to a ball game and went Easter shopping.

Leskinen lifted the detainer yesterday after Thomas' attorney, Charity Grimm Krupa, filed an emergency motion seeking Thomas' release.

In the motion seeking Thomas' release, Krupa indicated Thomas is 15 weeks into a high-risk pregnancy, is the primary caregiver for her elderly father and risked losing her job if she remained incarcerated.

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