Oct 18, 2016 12:56 PM

Concord woman plans to plead guilty to a lesser charge after fatal 2014 crash


ALLENSTOWN — A 25-year-old woman plans to plead guilty to a lesser charge for her role in a crash that killed a retired teacher in the summer of 2014.

Jordan Heath, of Concord, has filed her intent to plead guilty to vehicular assault, a misdemeanor, which she could be sentenced to 12 months in jail for. Heath was originally charged with negligent homicide, a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years, according to The Concord Monitor.

Heath may avoid jail all together with her plea deal, attorneys are recommending a 12-month jail sentence, all suspended for three years on conditions of good behavior, and two years probation. She also faces a five-year loss of license, The Concord Monitor reports.

Heath is out on PR bail and is scheduled to enter her plea before a judge on October 25.

Heath claimed her brakes gave out as she approached a busy intersection in Allenstown on June 30, 2014, leaving her helpless as her Ford Focus blew through a red light and broadsided Michael Phelps, 66, who was turning left on his motorcycle. He died later that day.

Phelps was a former teacher at Rundlett Middle School and Concord High School. He was married and had three children.

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