JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — A drunk driver who kills a bicyclist will face prison time. 22-year-old Corey Higgins was sentenced to nearly 7 years in court on Tuesday.
In August 2011, Higgins, who was 20-years-old at the time, was drinking beer all day. He ended up driving on Frontage Road in Wolf Creek when he cut a corner and hit Randy True head-on, killing him.
The defense attorney says True was also intoxicated riding his bike. After Higgins serves his time, he will be on post-prison supervision. His license will also be revoked. The victim’s daughter wrote a letter, which the prosecutor read out loud. In it, she expressed her sadness, telling the court she will never have her father back because of a reckless man.
“She would have read it herself, but her emotions were running high, as you can imagine, at the sentencing of the guy who killed her father, so she asked me to read it for her and it was one of the most moving victim statements I’ve ever read. It was very moving, very powerful,” said Josephine County Deputy DA, Ryan Mulkins.
Higgin’s attorney says Corey had a promising future. He worked for a fire department and was going to get married. Both families did not want to comment, though they say it’s a lose-lose situation for both sides.