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FAIRBANKS (AP) — A Fairbanks woman has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the family of a boy who was killed when she ran over him while he walked to school last year.
Judge Bethany Harbison on Thursday ordered Yiki Kim to pay approximately $420,000 in restitution to Jamison Thrun’s family, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Kim, 69, is serving a 3 1/2 year sentence for criminally negligent homicide.
She had taken five different types of prescription medication the morning of the crash last August when she struck the 11-year-old boy as he walked to University Park Elementary School with his younger brother. Kim failed to make a turn and her SUV jumped the curb and hit the boy who was standing 30 feet off the road.
Kim originally was charged with manslaughter and reckless driving but agreed to plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide in exchange for a prison sentence of no more than four years in jail. She was sentenced in June.
Assistant District Attorney David Buettner presented an itemized list of 35 expenses, complete with receipts, incurred by the family as the result of the boy’s death. Expenses included everything from roughly $100,000 in medical and funeral bills to $17,000 in missed work time for the parents to more than $200,000 in past and future counseling sessions for the family.
Kim’s attorney, Gary Stapp, said his client doesn’t have any money and will find it difficult to pay restitution.