How Repeat Driving Violator Killed 2 Librarians


On the day she was accused of a hit-and-run crash that killed two librarians visiting Denver from Connecticut for a convention, Sandra Lee Jacobson had a suspended driver’s license, a prior drunken-driving conviction, and a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, reports the Denver Post. She could have been in jail for repeatedly violating the terms of her probation in a 2006 DUI case. Jacobson, 40, faces multiple charges in the librarians’ deaths, including two counts of vehicular homicide.

Kevin Vaughan of the Post pieces together Jacobson’s past from documents filed in various courthouses – a decade’s worth of traffic citations, including three for speeding and another one in a 2007 crash that sent a man to the hospital with a broken pelvis and other injuries. In several cases, she reached deals with prosecutors that allowed her to plead guilty to reduced charges. And despite numerous allegations that she violated probation, it took nearly 10 months – and multiple continuances granted by a judge – before her probation was finally revoked. She reported to jail to serve her 15-day sentence in that case Friday. The story raises questions about how a chronic traffic-law violator was on the road the day the librarians were killed.

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