Woman avoids jail, gets probation and house arrest after fatal hit-skip

CINCINNATI - A Delhi woman was sentenced to four years of probation and two years of house arrest Tuesday after she admitted to hitting a motorcyclist with her vehicle in June, which led to the man's death.

Brittany Ison, 20, answered to the charges that she hit and killed 39-year-old Jason Claypool on June 11. The judge sentenced Ison to probation and house arrest and said she must maintain her employment.

Jason Claypool, 39, of Burlington, Ky., was operating a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle on northbound I-75 near I-74 when a 1993 Honda Civic driven by Ison struck Claypool from behind. The impact forced Claypool, who was not wearing a helmet, into a guard rail, according to police. Claypool was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ison left the scene of the accident, but her attorney said in a prior hearing that she stopped and helped Claypool, but then got frightened and left. She allegedly worked a full shift at a fast food restaurant and then turned herself in to authorities.

Ison broke down in tears as she apologized to Claypool's family.

"I would just like to apologize again to the family and everyone affected and anyone I may have hurt. I am extremely sorry and this will haunt me for the rest of my life," sobbed Ison.

During Ison's sentencing, Claypool's family said they did not think the sentence was harsh enough, however; the judge said Claypool did not help his own cause. Claypool was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident, the judge said.

"Jason was a good person and a good rider and would never have left the house if he was impaired in one form or another. Miss Ison chose to leave. She chose not to stay," said Rachel Kerns, Claypool's sister.

Ison was charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident, vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

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