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Crowded courtroom as sentencing postponed in deadly Southern Park Mall crash

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A Mahoning County courtroom was crowded Wednesday morning, as friends and family waited to hear the fate of the driver responsible for a deadly crash in front of the Southern Park Mall last year. 

However, a judge has ordered that the sentencing for Matthew Wilson should be reset to September. 

Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide in July, in connection with the death of 65-year-old Judy Dailey. 

Dailey was hit and killed in the parking lot of the Southern Park Mall just outside of the JC Penney store last November.

She was a wife of 46 years, a mother of four children, and a grandmother to seven.

Since the charge is a misdemeanor, Wilson could be sentenced to jail for 180 days and fined $1,000.

Prosecutors previously said Wilson had a seizure while driving a pickup truck, causing him to strike Dailey. However, Wilson was charged because he has a condition that makes him prone to seizures and had willingly stopped taking his medication, but drove anyway. 

Just weeks after hitting and killing Judy Dailey sources say Wilson moved down to Florida and was able to obtain a Florida's driver's license.

However, Florida authorities took action against Wilson's driving privileges when they learned a judge in Portage County has now suspended his license through September of 2017.

The victim's family says while they respect everyone's privacy when it comes to medical issues, seizures or any other disorder that could put someone else's life in danger when you choose to drive against doctor's order, should require some form of medical clearance to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and it should be clearly stated on your driver's license.

State lawmaker, and gubernatorial candidate, Joe Schiavoni says he is currently working on legislation that would require certain medical information, like seizures, be reported to the BMV, or depicted on their license in some way. 

Schiavoni will appear on the 21 WFMJ Facebook page Wednesday evening for the 6:40 Special. Be sure to join us on Facebook to ask him your questions about the new legislative effort. 

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