A 48-year-old motorist who ran down and killed two young girls who were out exercising a horse pulling their sulky was sentenced to five months in prison on Monday for gross negligence. The father of one of the girls felt justice was served.
“I’m glad the verdict shows the girls weren’t to blame for this,” Thor Åge Bølge, whose daughter Tiril, age 11, died from her injuries as did her friend, Sara Christiane Holmedahl Sandsmark, age 13.
The two girls were out driving a horse and sulky in Bjørkelangen, northeast of Oslo, in January of last year when the motorist drove up behind them and “mowed them down,” according to one of the attorneys in the case. The motorist, a local man, claimed he didn’t remember anything from the collision, while others speculated that he had tried to pass them but ran them down instead.
The motorist was considering filing an appeal. Bølge hopes he won’t, and that the tragic case can come to an end. Prosecutors had sought a jail term of six months.