Driver in suspected DUI crash that killed JSO bailiff, critically injured officer pleads no contest

Jacksonville, FL — The suspected drunk driver in a St. Augustine crash that killed a bailiff with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has pleaded no contest to two DUI-related charges.

Court documents show that Kim Johnston withdrew her not guilty plea on Tuesday and instead pleaded no contest to DUI causing death and DUI causing serious bodily injury. As part of that plea, Johnston has been adjudicated guilty.

WOKV first told you back in December 2018 about the fatal crash on I-95 north near State Road 16 in St. Augustine. The crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol says Cathy Adams, a JSO bailiff, was killed when a suspected drunk driver, later identified by investigators as Johnston, hit the Adams' Chevy Tahoe causing them to lose control and flip. William 'Jack' Adams, a JSO officer, was also critically injured in that crash. The Adams' two teenage children survived with only minor injuries. 

The plea form shows that Johnston now faces 15 years for the charge of DUI causing death and 5 years for DUI causing seriously bodily injury, with the two sentences running concurrently.

Before the plea agreement, Johnston had been facing a maximum of 20 years and a minimum of 4 years.

Johnston's sentencing has been set for November 27.

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