Wrong-way driver who killed metro Phoenix bartender sentenced to 11.5 years

Perry Vandell
Arizona Republic
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Bobby Kramer was the director of beverage for Chandler restaurants The Hidden House and The Brickyard. He died on Feb. 10, 2021.

A woman who killed a metro Phoenix bartender during a wrong-way collision was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison on Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty to manslaughter as part of an agreement that reduced the original charge of second-degree murder, according to court documents.

The agreement comes nearly two years after now 27-year-old Hannah Dike was suspected of killing 31-year-old Robert Kramer after crashing into him while driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Ray Road in Chandler on Feb. 10, 2021, at about 12:30 a.m.

Fire crews pulled Dike out of a silver 2007 Infiniti G35 and took her to a hospital where detectives obtained a sample of her blood. Test results showed Dike had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27%.

Kramer, who went by “Bobby,” was pronounced dead at the scene. Kramer was a veteran and served as a corpsman with the U.S. Navy for eight years before discovering his passion for crafting cocktails.

He worked at downtown Phoenix's Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails before taking the lead behind the bar at The Brickyard in Chandler. Kramer also served as the president of the Phoenix chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild.

Dike was taken to a hospital with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. She was later released from a medical rehabilitation facility and booked into a Maricopa County jail on one count of reckless manslaughter before prosecutors upgraded the charge to second-degree murder.

Court documents included a written statement from Kramer's grandmother, "Grandma Honey," who described him as a caring husband and father, lamenting that his young son will be forced to grow up without his father.

"This was a choice," the grandmother wrote. "I will live out my life with this great sadness, as will all of us who were privileged to know and love Bobby. This woman not only took the life of a man who still had much to contribute, but she impacted and changed all of our lives in a very negative way. She may be punished by the justice system, but she lives. She has the chance to become, to change, to have a family, to become a more complete person. Bobby does not."

Court documents included a statement from Dike, who said she was using drugs and alcohol at the time to deal with trauma she hadn't yet worked through.

"A tragic/sad thing happened as a result, and she cannot change it. She does not take for granted what she did."

The statement noted that Dike has been sober since the crash and attended treatment for addiction.

Reach the reporter Perry Vandell at 602-444-2474 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PerryVandell.

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