Driver sentenced to 15 years for causing Bryan Co. crash that killed mother of 4

Driver sentenced to 15 years for causing Bryan Co. crash that killed mother of 4

BRYAN COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after causing a deadly crash in Bryan County in the Spring of 2017.

Paul Haney plead guilty to driving under the influence of methamphetamine when he caused a wreck that killed a mother of four.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash that took the life of Melissa Armstrong. Armstrong’s mother, Mary Ann Armstrong, died from her injuries one year later.

At the time of the incident, troopers said witnesses told them that Haney came around the curve in his Dodge Durango on the wrong side of the road. When he crossed back into his lane, Armstrong went into his lane at the same time to avoid him, and they collided.

While they were sitting in the Bryan County Courthouse Friday morning, Armstrong’s family told us they actually felt like they were right back there on Highway 204 in April 2017 where the crash happened.

“When she walked in the room, her smile just lit up the room."

The Armstrong family sat as a united front during the sentencing - a day that seemed far away for too long.

“Because all of this happened in April of 2017, so we’ve been waiting. I mean, it took a long time for the SKRT team with Georgia State Patrol to do what they had to do. It was months," said family representative, Julie Harmon.

Melissa’s oldest daughter took the stand, fighting back tears.

“My mom will never see me in a prom dress, my high school and college graduation, meet my first love, nor see me in a wedding dress. All of these things she deserved to see, but can’t because of you," her daughter said.

Originally, Haney plead not guilty to all six counts, but on Friday, he changed his plea, admitting he was not only driving drunk that April afternoon, but also high on crystal meth. Haney turned away from the judge to speak directly to the family in court.

“I mean very, very, very, much sorry for everything.”

Haney will serve 15 years in prison with 10 years on probation.

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