Woman fined $1,000 in Missouri 'Good Samaritan' death

ST. CHARLES, Mo. | A 26-year-old woman is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine in the death of a pedestrian who had stopped to help a motorist along a St. Charles County road.

Patricia Barry had been convicted of careless and imprudent driving in the August 2006 death of 44-year-old Lee Widaman. Barry was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter but jurors instead found her guilty of the lesser charge.

She was sentenced in St. Charles County District Court Wednesday.

The initial charge could have resulted in a four-year prison term.

Widaman was president of the Shriners' "Yomo Unit," which is responsible for the miniature yellow cars made famous at area parades.