June 20, 2002

Driver Sentenced To Five Years Probation In Manslaughter Case

Taking her story to high school groups across the region was just one of 10 conditions of parole established for Lydia M. Dial who was sentenced June 11 to five years probation for a car accident that took the life of a passenger in her vehicle.

Dial, 20, received a suspended imposition of sentence in Ralls County Circuit Court. Judge David Mobley announced the sentence and read the conditions of the probation. Dial had entered a plea of guilty to a class C felony charge of involuntary man-slaughter with a motor vehicle stemming from a January 11 accident that resulted in the death of Heather L. Fogle, 19.

The probation calls for Dial to perform 750 hours of community service including speaking engagements with high school groups regarding the dangers of drinking and driving as well as its impact on our lives.

Dial will be required to pay restitution of $5,000 to Fogle's parents, Faron and Debbie, for funeral expenses as well as $1,600 in lost income. She was assessed court costs of $2,340 which included the expense of assigning a special prosecutor.

In addition it limits her driving privileges and calls for substance abuse testing and successful completion of any treatment plan the practitioner might recommend. Dial will be required to seek mental health counseling regarding grief issues. She must obey all criminal laws as well as city and county regulations and must maintain employment unless she enrolls in school. The probation expressly prohibits use of alcohol or drugs and requires Dial to submit to any drug/alcohol testing required by her probation officer.

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