The families of Douglas Stitt and Phillip Bacon are glad to see the woman charged with killing the men in a drunken driving ambulance crash go to jail, but it doesn’t take away the pain they feel.

Shanea Leigh Climo, 23, Evans City, was sentenced Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to up to 23 months in jail and 5 years of probation for her guilty pleas to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and driving while impaired.

“I really felt bad for her. I think it sucks,” Bacon’s mother, Deborah Bacon of Sharpsville, said.

Mrs. Bacon said she wanted Ms. Climo to serve a longer sentence, but she still felt sorry for the young woman when she was led away in handcuffs.

Authorities have said Ms. Climo was transporting a patient in an ambulance in the Pittsburgh suburb of Marshall on Sept. 23, 2007, after she had been drinking.

She ran a red light and the ambulance hit a car driven by Stitt, 38, Jefferson Township, killing him and his passenger, Bacon, 32, Sharpsville.

Authorities said Ms. Climo’s blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit after the crash, but would have been above it at the time of the crash.

Mrs. Bacon said Ms. Climo apologized to the families for her actions. Mrs. Bacon said she’s forgiven the woman in some ways, but doesn’t think she could ever completely forgive her for killing her son.

“It doesn’t bring him back,” Mrs. Bacon said. “He was my only child. He was my life. He was my future.”

Bacon, a graduate of McKinley High School, Niles, Ohio, moved in with his mother a few months before the crash to take care of her because she has health problems. He had been working at Group Wise in Sharon, a company that works with time share rental properties.

Mrs. Bacon read a statement at the sentencing so Ms. Climo could hear what her son was like: He was outgoing, fun to be around and always the life of the party.

He and Stitt had been friends for a short time and Mrs. Bacon said she’s comforted by her son’s dog, Rayne, and a local support group.

“I just don’t want him to be forgotten,” Mrs. Bacon said, crying.

Stitt’s brother and sister, Mark Stitt and Ronda Graham, both of Mercer, also attended the sentencing. They said they can’t forgive Ms. Climo for the crash and were hoping for a lengthier sentence.

It brings them some closure, but they’re still coping with the loss of their brother, who always helped anyone who needed it, no matter what the situation, especially his two nephews, Mrs. Graham’s sons.

“He was always supportive of the kids,” Mark Stitt said.

Douglas Stitt, a 1987 graduate of Mercer High School, lived and taught in New Zealand and Australia for a few years and returned to Mercer County in 2006 to help Mrs. Graham recover from surgery.

Locally, he was a wrap-around and previously taught English at Lakeview High School.



The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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