Mija Stockham Heading Home

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 26, 2016
Gov. Brownback Signs "Mija's Law"

Two years, four months and six days after being hit by a drunken driver, Mija Stockman will finally be heading home.

Mija Stockman was a physical education teacher for the McPherson School District when she was hit in 2013 by a drunk driver on her way from her home in Lindsborg to work in McPherson.

The tragedy inspired the enactment of “Mija's Law,” which lengthens the possible prison sentence from about three years to well over 14 years for a DUI that results in the permanent disability of another person. The law also eliminates the option of probation.

The driver who caused the accident that left Mija Stockman permanently disabled from a brain injury was convicted in 2014 of aggravated battery while driving under the influence. It was his third DUI. He was released from prison last month and currently resides in Sedgwick County, according to the Salina Journal.

Mija will be living with family in the Kansas City area where she will continue out-patient therapy at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital.

A copy of House Bill No. 2115 known as Mija's Law can be found by visiting the Kansas Legislature's website at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hb2115_00_0000.pdf