Mears woman sentenced to prison for drunk driving death.

July 13, 2020

Pictured clockwise from the bottom left: Amber Davis, Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon, defense attorney Timothy Hayes and Scott Parsons’ aunt, Laura Blackmer.

Mears woman sentenced to prison for drunk driving death.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 29-year-old Mears woman was sentenced in 27th Circuit Court Monday, July 13, to 28 months to 15 years in prison for killing a 43-year-old Hart man in a drunk driving accident last August.

Amber Rae Davis, 5855 W. 5th St., pleaded “no contest,” April 20, to operating while intoxicated causing death for the deadly pedestrian crash on East Madison Road near North 126th Avenue in Crystal Township, Aug. 11, 2019.

Scott Parsons, 43, of Hart was struck and killed shortly after 2 a.m.

Davis, who appeared in court from the Oceana County Jail via Zoom videoconferencing due to COVID-19 precautions, wept during her testimony. “I know sorry will never be good enough, but I want everyone to know how sorry I am,” she said.

During her sentencing hearing, Davis heard the gut-wrenching allocutions of Parsons’ family — his aunt Laura Blackmer and his father and step mom Jake and Violet Parsons.

Parsons was struck by a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Davis, who ran the stop sign at the intersection. He died at the scene.

In 1978, a drunk driver ran the same stop sign, killing Parsons’ mother instantly, said Blackmer. “Scotty was in that car, and he survived it. Thank God.”

“I remember that day like it was yesterday,” Parsons’ aunt said as she wept. “And what you did just brought it all back to the surface. I was 11 years old when that happened, and now I’m 53. And it still hurts.

“I think you’re sorry, but I don’t think you really know what you’ve done.

“Scott was a good person,” she said. “He was a hard worker and he was happy and he was fun. And now that’s gone. We’ll never get it back. Never.”

“I just don’t feel that you feel the full weight of what you’ve done.”

“You’ll do your time, and then you will go back to your home and family and carry on. It’s not fair. It’s a small price to pay for taking a life.”

“I hope that you get some help in prison and that you’ve learned a lesson, but I’ll believe it when I see it.”

“We’ve heard nothing from you all these months,” said Parsons’ step mother. “You’ve shown no guilt.”

“Your good days are still ahead.”

“You broke all of us – from Michigan to all way down in the Florida – all of his friends and family. Everything,” Violet Parsons said as she cried. “I’ll never get him back, and you will live your life.”

“I saw you on the court steps with your family saying your goodbyes. You had to drag your kids and your mom into the middle of this ugliness.

“I hope every time you lay down to sleep at night – even when you’re an old woman – that you think of today and you think of Scotty. You will have all those years he never had.”

“It really hurts every night when I go to sleep,” said Jake Parsons. “I think about my kid.”

“The first thing that you ever said when you opened up your door was, ‘What the hell did I hit?’ You sure the hell shouldn’t have been on that road.”

“When you kill somebody, it’s never going to leave you,” he said. “You’ll remember that the rest of your damn life, and I hope you remember it every night like I do. It just ain’t ever going to go away, girl.”

“We deal with a wide range of offenses in this court,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. “Unfortunately, this is an offense that can never be undone. Scott Parsons is forever lost, and his family never be able to get him back.”

Judge Robert D. Springstead gave Davis credit for 30 days served in jail.

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