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Odenton woman sentenced to 18 months in jail for drunken crash that killed motorcyclist in 2019

Ian Gregory Vangenderen pictured with his wife, McKayla. Kayla Joy, Odenton, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for the 2019 killing of Ian Gregory Vangenderen, a 23-year-old motorcyclist who struck the woman’s truck in Sept. 2019.
Ian Gregory Vangenderen pictured with his wife, McKayla. Kayla Joy, Odenton, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for the 2019 killing of Ian Gregory Vangenderen, a 23-year-old motorcyclist who struck the woman’s truck in Sept. 2019. (Courtesy of Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office)

An Odenton woman was sentenced to 18 months in jail Tuesday for the 2019 killing of Ian Gregory VanGenderen, a 23-year-old motorcyclist who struck and was pinned under the woman’s truck in Sept. 2019.

Kayla Joy, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent manslaughter by vehicle, a felony crime. Joy will serve 18 months at the Ordnance Road Detention Center after Anne Arundel Circuit Judge William Mulford III suspended all but 18 months of her 10-year sentence.

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Joy pulled a GMC box truck out of a U-haul parking lot on Route 175 at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2019. The truck was struck by a motorcycle driven by VanGenderen, who was traveling northbound near Berger Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

VanGenderen was a veteran who recently moved back to Maryland after deploying overseas as an Army intelligence systems maintainer. He was on his way to meet his father at Wawa when he was hit on a road minutes from his father’s house.

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“I continue to go to work, I drive past the scene where my son’s life was taken daily. It is a constant reminder of this senseless act,” Brian G. VanGenderen wrote in a victim impact statement.

A week before his death, the young husband started his first civilian job as a contractor for Leidos supporting the National Geospatial Agency. VanGenderen is survived by his wife, parents, grandmothers, brother, sister and niece.

“He will not get to have children, watch his dogs romp in the dog park, hug his niece to ensure that she always remembers (him), or laugh with his siblings,” his mother, Farah VanGenderen, wrote in a victim impact statement.

Joy had a blood alcohol of .12 at the time of the accident, almost twice the legal limit. She was unhurt in the accident and remained at the scene.

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Assistant Public Defender Heather Tierney said other factors in addition to alcohol played a role in the tragic accident, such as the time of night, a lack of working street lights, Vangenderen’s dark clothing and Joy’s attempt to keep up with her boyfriend, who had switched highway lanes in another car. Joy was driving a moving truck because the couple had been packing to move that day.

“I will never look at a moving truck the same,” VanGenderen’s younger sister Aislyn VanGenderen wrote in a statement. Born 11 months apart, Aislyn added she now carries her brother’s ashes with her in a necklace.

Joy has been held without bail at Ordinance Road since September 2019. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped additional driving while intoxicated and traffic charges. Joy will serve an 18-month sentence, in addition to the 15 months she’s spent in jail awaiting trial, and five years probation.

“She had no record before this and feels completely remorseful to the family,” Tierney said. She said in court she’ll carry this guilt for the rest of her life.”

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