A woman who was accused of drinking and backing into a seventh grade RHAM teacher in Hebron in March 2014 was acquitted of all charges in connection with the teacher's death, but was found guilty of misconduct with a motor vehicle, according to court officials.
In addition to misconduct with a motor vehicle, Elizabeth Everett had also been charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle while under the influence, second-degree manslaughter and unsafe backing, according to online court records, and she pleaded not guilty.
Court documents say Everett, of Hebron, was dropping off her son at the high school on March 14, 2014 when she accidentally entered the bus lane and backed up, going at least 14 miles per hour, when he hit Dawn Mallory, a math teacher.
Mallory died two weeks later after she was taken off life support and her family sued Everett and settled that suit for $1.1 million.
Police said Everett had been drinking prior to the crash, and her blood alcohol content was .07, just shy of the legal limit of .08, according to the warrant for her arrest.
Everett’s lawyer said she made a mistake and drove into the bus lane by accident and was trying to back out.
After Mallory’s death, the school added speed bumps and changed traffic patterns to make the area safe.
Everett will be sentenced on the misconduct charge on Feb. 28 in Rockville.