BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ann Clymer, a mother who helped win a change in the law on how the state of Vermont punishes drunken drivers after her daughter was killed, has died at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 75.
Clymer’s daughter, Jane Emily, was a junior at the University of Vermont in September 1985 when she was struck by a car driven by a drunken driver as she walked her bike in Hinesburg. Clymer and her husband, Adam, a reporter for The New York Times, sued for damages, arguing they had lost their daughter’s companionship. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled her parents could collect damages from the driver and the two bars that had served him, even though their daughter was an adult. Previously such awards were only given to parents who lost minor children.
The Clymers donated $250,000 from the lawsuits to the Jane Emily Clymer Scholarship Fund, awarded each year to a female junior at the University of Vermont with an emphasis on social service in recognition of her tutoring Laotian refugees in English.
Ann Clymer had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in October. She is survived by her husband and a sister and will be buried at a family plot in Townsend, Mass.