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“No Justice”: Ex-wife of fatal hit and run victim speaks out

A 26 year old woman killed someone in a fatal crash, then left the scene. But this week the hit and run driver was sentenced to weeks, not years, in jail.

It’s a sentence that has those who knew the victim crying for justice.

Farmington road looks much different today than it did back in January. But it’s a scene that still brings back painful memories for those who knew John Lackey.

“It’s hard to believe that the last steps he took were over here and the last person he saw was her. ” said ex wife Charlene Lybarger who still had a strong relationship with her former husband.

John Lackey was hit by a car and killed in January of 2019 on the 3100 block of West Farmington Road around 2:30 a.m.

“John was the heart of us all because he was the glue that stuck us together. And then just having to go every day without that glue that stuck us all together is very difficult to just step up and say oh ya it gets better, when, it doesn’t get better it gets harder.” said Lybarger

Amanda Boyer pleaded guilty to leaving the scene. She was sentenced to 75 days in jail and 30 months of probation.

Lybarger said there has been no justice.

“They are just showing that hey because of your negligence, you are basically just going to get a slap on the wrist.” said Lybarger

In police reports from the Peoria County Sheriffs Office, surveillance video shows Lackey leaving Pulse Nightclub and walking down Farmington. He was seen walking in and out of the roadway. His autopsy showed a bloom alcohol level of .276 but no shots captured the moment he was hit.

Their big break in the case came when a man with Boyer that night contacted police.

When questioned she admitted to hitting Lackey but thought she saw him moving so she drove away. She admitted to being at more than one bar that evening but claimed she only had around four drinks spread across a number of hours.

The tipster told officers Boyer had more than what she told police.

In the police report it says video from one bar shows Boyer “Appears to lose her balance a few times while dancing and talking with people.”

“You can watch these videos and you can assume one way or the other but how can you with just a video determine whether or not someone is legally intoxicated or not. Can you count the number of drinks even in the video it’s limited pictures there. You can just show someone being at the establishment so is that sufficient enough to establish someone is intoxicated, no, not for prosecution.” said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell

Asbell said their department takes down the facts. Those facts are handed to the state’s attorneys office who decide how to proceed with the case.

Heart of Illinois ABC reached out to Peoria County State’s Attorney’s office for comment on this case but so far they have not returned our calls.

Kaitlin Pearson

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