Jail, home confinement ordered for SSU student in crosswalk fatality

  • Kaitlyn Dunaway stands with her attorney, Chris Andrian, at the Sonoma County Superior Court, where Judge Brad DeMeo ordered her to serve five days in county jail and 115 days on electronic home confinement after she pleaded no contest to killing a Rohnert Park toddler in a crosswalk while texting. Photo taken in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

A 19-year Sonoma State University student who killed a toddler and injured her mother when she hit them in a Rohnert Park crosswalk while texting and driving was sentenced Wednesday to five days in jail.

Kaitlyn Elisabeth Dunaway also was ordered by Judge Bradford DeMeo to serve 115 days on electronic home confinement, perform 200 hours of community service and surrender her driver's license for one year.

The punishment came during an emotional hearing for Dunaway, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of 2-year-old Calli Murray.

Girl, 2, Killed In Rohnert Park


"If there was anything I could do to take back what happened here, to take away the pain, I would do it," Dunaway said in a tearful apology to Murray family members gathered for the sentencing.

Dunaway, who was free on bail, left the courtroom without further comment. She was ordered to turn herself in to the jail on Dec. 27.

DeMeo said Dunaway would be permitted to attend college classes and could serve home confinement on weekends and during holidays. As part of her community service, she will speak to high school students and others about the perils of distracted driving.

Dunaway, who was a star volleyball player at Petaluma HighSchool, is no longer on SSU's volleyball team, said her lawyer, Chris Andrian.

Before Dunaway was sentenced members of the Murray family spoke about the emotional and physical pain they suffered from the Dec. 1, 2010 crash.

The toddler's mother, Ling Murray, was not in the audience, but she said in a letter read to the judge that Dunaway "turned our life from sunshine to darkness."

Murray keeps her daughter's room the way it was before she was killed and often sits among the toys and pictures, telling her "I love you."

© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View