On Friday, a woman involved in a 2014 crash injuring two sanitation workers pleaded guilty to the Gregg County court room.
Two years ago, Skinner drove her car into the back of a sanitation truck on Alpine Road, injuring two Longview men. The collision trapped 33-year-old Dennis Montgomery in between vehicles, and it threw 46-year-old Darron Craig several feet from the truck. Both men were seriously injured. As a result, Montgomery’s left leg had to be amputated, and he now uses a prosthetic leg. Skinner was charged with two counts of intoxication assault.
Instead of spite, both victims decided to take the road of forgiveness with Skinner.
“Dennis Montgomery gave a very emotional and very touching victim impact statement, and he told Mrs. Skinner that he totally forgave her, but that her actions could have lead to their death, or someone else’s death,” said Debbie Garrett, Gregg County Assistant District Attorney.
Skinner is sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The victims and their families see the sentencing as a great learning experience for her.
“We feel like justice was reached. When anyone loses a limb and had the injuries that were involved, I mean obviously there’s really not a sentence that seems strong enough,” said Debbie Garrett.