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Tinner agrees to pay restitution, case ends

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Christine Tinner, the motorist who crossed a center line on Highway 133 leading to the death of college student Meleyna Kistner, exits Pitkin County Court after being sentenced in April to five years of probation, 350 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
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A Basalt woman who killed a 21-year-old Indiana woman last August in a head-on car crash on Highway 133 has dropped her objection to paying thousands in restitution, according to court documents.

Christine Tinner, 47, agreed to pay the family of Meleyna Kistner about $31,500 in restitution. Tinner had been scheduled to dispute the costs in a hearing Tuesday but decided July 29 to drop her objections, according to an order signed by Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely.

Kistner was killed Aug. 23 after Tinner’s car crossed the center line and struck Kistner’s car head-on. Kistner’s boyfriend, who was asleep at the time, was injured.

Tinner pleaded guilty in February to careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury – both misdemeanors – and faced up to a year in jail. However, Ely sentenced her to five years unsupervised probation, fined her $1,000 and gave her 360 hours of community service.

Conditions of her probation include no driving for the first two years, while any traffic violations during the following three years will constitute a probation violation.

The agreement ends the case, which was highly contentious between Tinner and Kistner’s family.


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