Suspected drunk driver killer addresses victim’s parents in court

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The woman believed to be responsible for driving drunk and killing an 11-year-old boy made a court appearance Thursday morning, and took the rare move of personally addressing the boy's parents.

Angela Baumia, 30, is accused of driving drunk this in June of 2010 and hitting and killing 11-year-old Dylan Geitgey on Shenandoah Drive near Chamberlain Lane.

The trial isn't scheduled to start until late January of 2011, but Baumia appeared in court Thursday and talked to Geitgey's family.

"She's been wanting to say this from the beginning, but we've advised her not to," Baumia's attorney, Steve Ryan said in court.

Despite those words from her attorney, Angela Baumia stood up and offered Dylan's family an apology.

"I want to let the parents know that I'm truly sorry from the bottom of my heart," Baumia said in court.

Dylan's family fought back tears and shook their heads in disbelief.

It was June 25 when they lost their son Dylan in the crash.  The family could see justice next year when the case is expected to head to trial.

In the meantime, Baumia's attorney asked the court Thursday to allow her to be released on partial bond... a common practice in less-severe cases.

They cited things like financial difficulty and her satisfactory score on criminal tests.

"I just feel it would be in the interest of justice and that justice would call for this bond reduction," Ryan said.

But the prosecution fired back, urging Judge Brian Edwards to keep her bond set as is, referencing a prior DUI on her record.

"An 11 year old boy is dead because of her actions. She's charged with multiple felonies in this case and she has a prior criminal record. As I've said before, I think this [$100,000] bond is low," Asst. Commonwealth Prosecutor Leland Hulbert, Jr said.

In the end, no one really came away with what they wanted.  Judge Edwards says he'll rule on the bond reduction before the Thursday is over.  This story will be updated once WAVE 3 News finds out the ruling.

In the meantime, Baumia is scheduled to have another pre-trial court date on December 9 to tie-up any loose ends before the January 31 trial date.

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