Woman sentenced in Brainerd Road crash that claimed 4th grade teacher's life

(Left to right) Neshala Massengale pleads guilty in crash that killed Bethany Schklar. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail, Normal Park Upper School, WTVC)

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office says a woman has received the maximum sentence allowed by law in a crash that killed a 4th grade teacher earlier this year.

It happened the morning of January 21 at the intersection of Brainerd Road and Elmwood Road.

According to police, Neshala Massengale crashed into a car being driven by Bethany Schklar, seriously injuring both of them. Both were hospitalized, but Schklar passed away. She was 37.

Schlar was a 4th grade teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnate School, and just two weeks before her death had received the 'Teacher of the Year' award.

Months later, the DA's office says Massengale took a plea agreement, and on Tuesday morning she pleaded guilty to speeding and driving without insurance.

The DA's office says Judge Statom sentenced Massengale to serve 11 months 29 days, the first 90 days of them in custody and the remaining with Community Corrections. She also will have to do 30 days of community service, speaking to high school students about the dangers of speeding and not having insurance.

Massengale’s attorney asked for and received a $5,000 appeal bond. As a condition of this bond, defendant will be on house arrest.

The DA's office says Bethany’s mother, Patrcia Avery, plans to seek help from members of the Tennessee legislature to enact stiffer penalties for motor vehicle crashes involving fatalities.

Depend on us to update you as we learn more.


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