By Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A motorist who had drugs in his system when he struck and killed a Kansas lawmaker’s wife in a supermarket parking lot has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.

Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Schrader apologized Monday when he was sentenced in Sedgwick County for the February 2015 death of 60-year-old Annette Hedke. The Wichita Eagle ( reports that Schrader pleaded no contest previously to involuntary manslaughter.

Hedke was the wife of Rep. Dennis Hedke, a Republican representing the Wichita area. He’s part of a wrongful death lawsuit that seeks more than $75,000.

The lawsuit says Schrader shouldn’t have been allowed to drive because of his driving record and drug use. It also alleges negligence on his mother’s behalf because she gave her son permission to drive the vehicle.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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