Billy Lane, who killed a scooter-rider in a head-on collision about three and a half years ago, has been spending his days fixing motor pool cars at the Avon Park Work Camp in Florida since he was incarcerated there.
Lane, 39, was a celebrity chopper builder who was sentenced in August to six years for vehicular homicide. He pulled into an oncoming lane in a no-pass zone on Sept. 4, 2006, in order to pass some slow vehicles, and ran head-on into a park ranger who was riding a 1983 Yamaha scooter. The ranger, Gerald Morelock, 56, died.
Morelock’s family settled a wrongful death suit against Lane in 2007.
At his sentencing, Lane said his decision to make the illegal pass that killed Morelock was "the single most irresponsible decision" of his life.
"I was in the wrong lane of traffic, and I killed Gerry Morelock with a 7,000 pound truck, and he was on a motor scooter … my actions caused his death, and I feel responsible for that," he said.
Lane’s sentence included three years of probation and a lifetime driving prohibition, as well as drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Police said Lane’s blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit when the crash occurred. At the time, his driver’s licence was suspended. A secondary law suit was filed against Daimler-Chrysler, which provided the truck to Lane in a promotional effort.