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Woman in fatal DUI crash wants driving privileges back

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A local woman who was arrested three times for drunk driving before she hit and killed a 14-year-old wants her license back.

Terri Camp Kruse admitted to being drunk on April 3, 1993, when she went left of center on a curve on State Route 51, killing 14-year-old Ronnie Miller.

His parents are outraged that Kruse wants her license back, and they plan to fight her request in a courtroom Friday. Jane Ann and Ron Miller will face the woman who killed their 14-year-old son.

"Once is a mistake. After that it's a choice, and she had too many chances. Why did it have to be my son's life to make her turn her life around, if she has even done that? I don't even think she can fathom what she took from us."

In 1993, Jane Ann was driving her son and a few friends from a dance, when they were struck by Kruse.

"To celebrate her getting her license back after her third DUI, she goes to four or five bars and gets drunker than a skunk. The last bar she was in, she was waving her license around in peoples faces saying, ‘I am not an alcoholic. The state gave me my license back.' Left the bar, and a few hours later, she killed my son."

Kruse was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Ronnie Miller. She also lost her driver's license.

Under Ohio law, an offender can petition the court to get their license back if they are violation free for 15 years.

"As far as I know, when you are in prison you cannot drive, so there's no chance your going to get a violation while you are in prison."

The Millers don't think time served in prison should count in Kruse's favor.

In 2010, 13abc was in the courtroom when Kruse asked an Ottawa County judge to restore her driving privileges. On the stand, Kruse told the judge she was now sober and a changed woman.

The judge decided he wanted her to undergo more drug and alcohol testing. Friday he will revisit the case.

"I think that, if she gets her license back and he counts prison time, that is sending a mixed message to a lot of people, a lot of people in my family, all the children Ronnie went to school with who are now adults with children. It's a mixed message, and it shouldn't count. In five years, if she is violation free, give her her license back."

We reached out to Terry Camp Kruse's attorney, but we have not yet heard back.

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