Princeton woman pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of Kimberly Hertzog

Guilty plea

A Princeton woman has pleaded guilty to three charges while two others were dismissed stemming from her role in a fatality accident one year ago in Mercer County.

29-year-old Valerie Robinson of rural Princeton appeared yesterday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court where cases were moved on changes of venue.

Ms. Robinson entered guilty pleas to felony charges of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree; felony assault in the second degree; and to a reduced charge of assault in the third degree—a misdemeanor.

A pre-sentence investigation has been requested by the court. Mercer County Prosecutor John Young dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault in the second degree.

It was July 4th of last year when according to the highway patrol, Ms. Robinson was accused of being under the influence of alcohol when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a vehicle operated by Kimberly Hertzog of Princeton.

Mrs. Hertzog died at the scene. Two passengers from the Hertzog family, Michael and Colton Hertzog, were injured in that accident.

Judge Steve Hudson of Trenton presided in the Division One court case.