Man sentenced to 10 years after car crash kills civil rights activist

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BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) - A Ballwin man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a 2012 crash that killed a prominent St. Louis civil rights activist.

George Putney, 55, was sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter and four years for leaving the scene.  Those sentences will run concurrently.

He crossed a double yellow line on Clayton road at Woods Mill crashing into a vehicle being driven by 70-year-old Ciby Kimbrough. Putney kept going.  But, his car stalled a few hundred yards from the crash scene. He then ran from the scene and was arrested several days later.

Kimbrough had been active in the civil rights movement of the early 1960's.

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