Sentencing Comparison in Hit and Run Cases
What price a human life?

(this chart does not take into consideration many mitigating factors that affect a judges or juries decision. Informational only)

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State

Victim

Crash

Final Charges*

Sentence*

Source


CA Roy Ballain (k), another injured

2005

felony vehicular manslaughter, with gross negligence; a misdemeanor hit-and-run, causing injury; and to a special allegation of having a prior unspecified prison conviction

3 years in prison

The Eureka Reporter

AZ Santos Franco (k)

2004

manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident

10½ years in prison, 5 years probation upon release

The Arizona Republic

NV Amanda Aragon (k)

2005

unreported

a maximum of 180 months in prison, eligible for parole in 72 months

KVBC

OH David Neff (k)

2004

aggravated vehicular homicide

5 years in prison, DL suspended for 10 years

Dayton Daily News

VA David Leo Kenworthy (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

8 years in prison with all but 6 months suspended

Daily News Reporter

AL William Owens (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

5 years

The Cullman Times

VA 1 person (i)

2004

not given

 2 years in prison, pay $4000 in restitution

The Roanoke Times

NJ Lester Mitchell (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

7 years in prison

The Record

TX 1 person (i) hospitalized for 6 weeks 

2004

intoxicated assault and failure to stop and render aid (illegal alien)

2 X 10 years in prison (concurrent) , pay about $49,000 in restitution

Tyler Morning Telegraph

NY Veronique Archer (k),
Arthur Ashe (k)

2005

manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving while under the influence of drugs

5 1/2 to 11 years in prison

Newsday

GA Michael Douglas (k)

2005

leaving the scene of the accident

3 years of probation

Athens Banner Herald

OR Frank Vanerstrom (k)

2005

(unk - originally charged w 2nd-degree manslaughter and felony hit-and-run)

90 days in jail, 36 months’ probation, revocation of DL for 5 years

Portland Tribune

FL Adan Cruz-Ruiz (k)

2004

leaving the scene of a fatal crash

3 years of probation, 120 hours of community service at a trauma hospital

Herald Tribune

IL Jonathan Walsh (k)

2004

failure to stop after being involved in a collision and driving on a revoked license

6 months in jail

KWQC

ND Darrett Mudgett (k)

2005

involuntary manslaughter 6 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, pay $6,435 in restitution.

Grand Forks Herald

LA Juan Fernandez (k)

2004

5th-offense driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide, 2 counts of vehicular negligent injuring, and felony hit-and-run driving

30 years in prison for the vehicular homicide and DWI charges.5 years for each count of negligent injuring, 10 years on the hit-and-run charge, served consecutively (total - 40 yrs in prison)

L'Observateur
CA Francisco Fabian (k)

2005

vehicular manslaughter

1 year in jail, allowed to attend Cabrillo College while serving time at jail

Santa Cruz Sentinel

PA Leon Shee Sin (k)

2005

causing an accident involving death or personal injury

18 months to 3 years in prison, pay more than $3,000 in fines and up to $4,835 in restitution to family

Centre Daily Times

MI Jarmeisha Thomas (k)

2004

failing to stop at an accident resulting in death, driving with a suspended license causing death and driving with a suspended license-second offense.

5 to 15 years in prison, $7,000 in restitution and $240 in fees and fines

The Saginaw News

CA Jose Manuel Muniz (k)

2004

felony hit-and-run

3 years in state prison

Record Searchlight

MI Robyn Arthur (k)

2004

negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an injury accident

1-to-5 years in prison

WOOD

RI Sarah Brown (k)

2001

leaving the scene of a deadly accident

20 years in prison - with 10 to serve

WLNE

VA Dana Quarles (l)

2005

felony hit-and-run

5 years with 4 years and nine months suspended

Times Dispatch

IN Arlie Church (k)

2004

habitual traffic violator for life

8 years in prison

Journal Gazette

WV Michael Briden (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death

1 year in prison

The Herald - Mail

FL Iona Smith (k), Kamaine Smith (k)

2003

2 counts of DUI manslaugher

20-1/2 years

Daytona Beach News - Journal

IA Autumn Sky McCleary (k)

2005

involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatality and operating while intoxicated

15 year old suspect sentenced to the custody of the Department of Human Services until she turns 18

Quad City Times
CA Joseph Cohn (k)

2003

felony hit and run, misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter

6 months jail, 6 months house arrest, 5 years probation, 500 hours community service

Monterey Herald

MO Roxanne M. Bradshaw, (k) and Juan G. Avila (k)

2004

two counts of involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene of the crash

120 days of prison substance abuse treatment and three years' probation (city botched case by selling car involved - key evidence)

Kansas City Star

ID Sarah Marie Jones (k)

2004

manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident

15 years in prison

KBCI

TX Sheila Austin (k)

2004

failure to stop and render aid

20 years in prison

KBCD

IN Julian Pacheco (k)

1999

Class C felony reckless homicide

4 years prison, 2 years house arrest, and 2 years probation

Journal and Courier

PA Robert Hauge (k)

2005

not given

23 months in prison

CBS21

OR Robin Jensen (k)

2004

failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person

2 years in prison

Albany Democrat - Herald

NC Elizabeth Jean Moss (k)

2005

felony hit and run, and driving while license revoked

8 to 10 months in prison (maximum sentence)

Salisbury Post

GA John Walter Brabham III (k)

2003

1st-degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and other habitual violator charges

10 years in prison, 20 years probation, forbidden from ever driving or riding in the front seat of a motor vehicle,  fined and ordered to pay restitution for costs incurred by victim's family

Gainesville Times

FL Bryant Wilkins (k) Durantae Caldwell (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

2 years of house arrest, 3 years probation, 500 hours of community service benefiting children

First Coast News

MN Mylo L. Freeman (k)

2005

fleeing the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated

45 days in jail, $800 fine plus restitution, probation

WCCO

CA Raymond Moore (k), Lyle Rosser Jr (k)

2003

7 felonies, including 2 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol

22 years, 4months in prison

Orange County Register

CA Marine Capt. Patrick Klokow (k)

2005

felony hit-and-run causing death and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

3 years in state prison

North County Times

CA Janina Williams (k)

2004

vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident

9 years in prison / hearing set for restitution determination

Oroville Mercury - Register

PA James Coyle Jr (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

15 to 30 months in state prison and a $2,500 fine

CBS3

CA Marty Garcia (k)

2005

story did not report

4 years in prison

Union - Tribune

FL Thomas Grossman (k)

2002

leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality

2 years in prison and 10 years of probation, driver's license permanently revoked and ordered never to go into a bar

WJXT

CA Norma Ochoa (k) Socorro Ochoa (k) Ramona Ochoa (k) and Maria Gabriela Ochoa (k)

2004

4 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of an accident

17 years

The Mercury News

CA Jeffrey Lamont Jackson Jr (k)

2004

3 felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

7 years

The Press-Enterprise

TX Doreen Sue Bortman (k)

2004

the scene of an accident involving injury or death and tampering with evidence

10-year probated sentence, 180 days in jail, pay a $3,000 fine and speak at 10 victim-impact sessions

Amaraillo Globe News

NY Stefan Trajkovski (k)

2003

second-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

3-1/3 to 10 years in prison

NY Daily News

SC Gaye Marie Reynolds (k)

2002

driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with death

15 years in prison

The Sun News

MA Lipica Pradham (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident after causing death, motor vehicle homicide, and driving without a license

2-and-a-half years in jail, 5 years of probation

Boston Globe

OH Carol Sue Gillham (k)

 

2005

failure to stop after a crash, and vehicular homicide

2 years prison, driver's license is suspended for 2 years, pay all court fees

Coshocton Tribune

IL Patrick Barnard (k)

 

2004

failing to report an accident involving death or personal injury

(driver) 180 days in jail, 4 years of probation

Belleville News Democrat

IL Patrick Barnard(k)

2004 obstruction of justice (assisted removing plate from hit and run car - not the driver)

(passenger) 2 years

Pantagraph

MI Devon Walton (k)

2004

driving with a suspended license causing death

15 years

WDIV

NJ Eriv Vicario (k)

2005

3rd-degree charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident , 4th-degree charge of possessing a fake driver's license

4 years in prison

North Jersey Media Group Inc.

AL John Timothy Griffin (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

10 years in prison

The Tuscaloosa News

FL Dominic Bimbo (k), Meredith Barsalou (k)

2004

leaving the scene of a crash involving death

3 years on probation, weekends in jail for 7 months, permanently revoked the driver's license

Sun - Sentinel

WA Leonard Walden (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a crash

90 days in jail,

The Olympian

FL Pardo Henao(k), Tilcia Henao de Pardo (k)

2004

several traffic charges including leaving the scene of an accident with deaths and driving without a license

6 months in jail, deportation upon sentence completion

Orlando Sentinel

MA Jose Santiago  (k) Awilda Santiago (k) 3 others injured

2003

2 counts of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident

12-to-20 years, 2-1/2 to 5 years

WLBZ

CO Justin Goodman (k)

2004

7 criminal counts, including leaving the scene and tampering with evidence to cover up a crime

16½-year prison

ABC7

CA Maria Gabriela Ochoa, 22, Ramona Ochoa, 20, Socorro Ochoa, 18, and Norma Ochoa, 11 (all k)

2004

four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash.

17 years in state prison

Daily Bulletin

OH Tessa Wrede (k)

2005

leaving the scene, driving on a suspended license

1 year, plus 6 month sentence for violating probation

WTVG

MA Christine Setaro (k), Robert "Joey" Gilbert (permanently blinded)

2003

motor vehicle homicide, driving to endanger and leaving the scene of death and personal injury

5 to 5½ in prison,  5 years probation

The Republican

IN Matthew E. Moore (k)

2005

driving while intoxicated causing a death

20-year prison sentence, 6 years of the term were suspended for probation, driver’s license was suspended for five years

Times-Union

VA Daryl Young (k), another seriously injured

2005

aggravated manslaughter, felony hit and run, 2 counts of driving while suspended and DUI

34 years in prison, all but 13 suspnded

WSET

NE Matt Schmill (k)

2004

leaving the scene

1 year in prison

KFAB

KS Josephine Pierce (k)

2004

failure to stop at an injury accident, failure to render aid and failure to report an accident

6 months in prison, $2,500 and suspension of drivers license for 1 year

The Topeka Capital-Journal

PA Ashley Nickerson (k)

2004

driving under the influence, leaving the scene, plus others

39 months and 7 years in state prison

Various

CT Kristina Kalganova (k)

2005

second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle

3-1/2 years

The Advocate

FL Sarah Campbell (k)

2003

leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death

10 years

TCPalm.com

CA Teale Marie Sisson (k)

2003

passenger - second degree burglary, leaving the scene of an accident and evading a police officer which caused death or great bodily injury

7 years and 8 months in prison

Amador Ledger - Dispatch

CA Teale Marie Sisson (k)

2003

driver - second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident, misdemeanor driving with a suspended license

15 years to life, 4 years consecutively

Amador Ledger - Dispatch

IN Tori Rhein (k)

2003

operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and causing a death while having a drunken driving conviction within the previous five years

10 years in prison, 5 years on probation

NW Times

AZ Salaheddin Obeid (k)

2004

manslaughter, leaving the scene

13 years, 5 years probation

Arizona Central

NM Judah Joe (i)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

3 years

Farmington Daily Times

WA Tom McDonald (k)

2004

vehicular homicide and hit-and-run

4 years

Skagit Valley Herald

AZ Salaheddin Obeid (k)

2004

manslaughter, leaving the scene

13 years in prison,  5 years probation

The Arizona Republic

SC David Nicholas (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death

3 years in prison

WIS10

OH 4-year-old Markado Akemon (i)

2005

one count of hit-skip, a fifth-degree felony, and one count driving under suspension, a misdemeanor

6 months in prison (victim was still in bodycast as of day of sentencing - Aug 25, 2005 - crash happened on May 25)

News 5

CA John Odis Demmer Jr.(k) 2005 hit-and-run causing great bodily injury

3 years in prison

San Bernardino County Sun

CT Mia Bourque(k)

2004

second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle

8 years in prison

WTNH

IL Gregory Vasich(k)

2004

reckless homicide, aggravated drunken driving and fleeing the scene of a fatal accident

18 years in prison

Chicago Tribune

AZ Jaime Orozco-Alcaraz(k)

2004

leaving the scene

3 1/2 years in prison

Arizona Daily Star

OH Matthew Barnes(k)

2005

vehicular homicide and failure to stop

5 years

News-Herald

MI Torey Gerbig (k)

2004

felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death

6 months in jail, $60 crime victim fee and $60 in state costs (subject was drag racing with vehicle that struck Torey - that drivers faces a possible 15 year sentence)

Ironwood Daily Globe

NC Florence Moyer(k)

2003

involuntary manslaughter, convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony hit-and-run and driving while license suspended.

3 years and 11 months in prison

News - Record

NM Jesus Lozano(k)

?

vehicular homicide, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident

7-1/2 years

KVIA

OH Neil Archarya(k)

2004

involuntary manslaughter

4 years, DL suspended for life

Dayton Daily News

IN Brenda Bodie(k)

2004

failure to stop at the scene of an accident that caused serious bodily injury

1 year of probation, suspended jail sentence, driver's license suspended for a year  

WHTV

MO Jacob Dennis (k)

2003

leaving the scene

3 years

Springfield News - Leader

CA Jeffrey Lamont Jackson Jr (k)

2004

aiding and abetting subject in fatal hit and run

90 days in jail, 3 years probation

Press Enterprise

IA JamesWheeler(k)

2003

involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident

5 years, 2 years, $1250 fine, $150,000 restitution

Quad City Times

NC LaKenya Latrice Winchester(k)

2004

involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony operating a motor vehicle to elude arrest

minimum of 15 years in prison,

The News & Record

NY Thanh Huynh(k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

1-1/3 to 4 years in prison

News 10

CA Donald Ostrom(k)

2005

misdemeanor hit-and-run

300 hours of teaching underprivileged children to play the piano, 3 years of probation, revoked license, $1,100 in fines

KSBW

VA Renee Jones(k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

9 months in jail, $1500 fine

The News & Advance

CA Anthony James Waldron (k)

2004

criminal negligent homicide

5 years 10 months in prison

Mail-Tribune

MS Corderick Banks(k)

2003

leaving the scene of an accident

4 years in prison

The Sun Herald

TN Nicole Greco(k)

2003

vehicular homicide by reckless conduct, third-offense DUI, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred

10 years, 11 months and 29 days in prison

The Chattanoogan

NC Samuel Caleb Parris(k)

2004

felony hit and run

18 days time served, 24 hours on anniversary of crash, 36 months of probation, 60 days of electronically-monitored house arrest 

Asheville Citizen - Times

NE Calvin Bryson(k)

2003

misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide
(subject had two prior DUI's and BAC was .16 two hours after the crash)

1 year in jail, $1,000 fine

KETV

WI Marie Laurent(k)

2004

homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, second-degree reckless homicide and hit-and-run causing death

15 years plus 10 years of supervision

Green Bay Press-Gazette

FL Humberto Alvarado(k)

2004

DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid and child abuse

20 years in prison, deportation hearing upon serving time

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

MI Matthew Anderson(k)

2004

reckless driving (Matthew was chasing hit and run driver from minor crash when he crashed)

40 days in jail, 1 year of probation

WNDU

FL Amy Caplin(k)

2004

Not reported

4 years prison, then 2 years probation

Herald Tribune

NJ Shawn Frantz(k)

2003

leaving the scene and drug possession

two 4-year terms

Home News Tribune

NY Edward Shuster(k)

2004

vehicular manslaughter

1-2/3 to 5-years

TWEAN

MI Dewey Bergman (k)

2005

negligent homicide

16 months to 2 years in prison, pay the family more than $50,000 in restitution

WLUC

NY Catherine Clements(k)

2004

second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree assault, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated

 5 to 15 years, 1-1/3 to 4 years, 7 years consecutively, other sentences concurrent

Democrat & Chronicle

ME Robert Levesque(k)

2002

falsifying physical evidence (this case prompted a new law in Maine making it a crime not to report a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or boating accident that causes injury or death, or to leave the scene of that accident)

1 year in jail

Bangor Daily News

PA James Bussinger(13 yer old critically injured - still in hospital 6/2005)

2004

hit-and-run

1 to 2 years in the county prison, 5 years probation, 1,000 hours of community service in a hospital trauma unit, write annual letters of apology to Bussinger's parents, pay more than $310,000 in restitution

Bucks County Courier Times

CA Melody Barnhart(k)

2003

vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

3 years probation, 180 days in jail, forfeit driver's license, complete a court-ordered DUI course, deliver a written synopsis of the case and present it during the "Every 15 Minute" anti-drunk-driving education programs at both Chico high schools

Chico Enterprise Record

TX Roy Ybarra Jr(k)

2003

intoxication manslaughter and failing to stop and render aid

18 years in prison, $15,000 in fines, and 5 years for hit and run to run concurrent

San Antonio Express-News

CA Delia Jauregui(k)

2005

gross vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated

7 years

KGET

NY Garrett A. White(k)

2004

criminally negligent homicide

6 months in jail, 5 years of probation and 20 hours of community service speaking with high-school students, pay $8,200 in restitution and $1,500 in fines

WWTI

CA Troy Pack(k), Alana Pack (k)

2003

two counts of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident with fatalities, driving under the influence causing injury, and driving on a suspended license

30 years to life

SF Chronicle

PA Arthur Rega(k)

2004

vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident

18-36 months, pay a $2,500 fine and undergo evaluations, hearing later to decide on recommended restitution of $22,000

Honesdale-Wayne Independent

NY Matthew Tedesco(k)

2002

criminally negligent homicide

1 to 4 years

Queens Chronicle

CA Marchello Howard(k)

2004

gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit and run driving with injury

15 years 8 months to life

Union Tribune

NJ Karla Alessendra(k)DaSilva Galvao(k)

2004

leaving the scene of a motor-vehicle accident that resulted in death, and careless driving

277 days time served, 3 years probation, expulsion from US within 7 days (not US citizen)

Asbury Park Press

NV Michelle Rogers(k)

2003

involuntary manslaughter

4 years probation, perform 120 hours of community service, undergo any substance abuse counseling required by his probation officer and pay $10,452 in restitution.

Las Vegas Sun

MA Marijane Hickey(k)

2004

manslaughter, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, death resulting, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

8 to 10 years

Berkshire Eagle

SC Robert Vinson(k)

2004

hit and run

10 years in prison, suspended to 18 months with 5 years probation

Anderson Independent Mail

PA Kevin Mozelack(k)

2003

homicide by vehicle, reckless endangerment and accidents involving death or personal injury, as well as various traffic offenses including failing to render aid and failing to notify police

2 to 6 years in state prison

The York Dispatch

CA Maribel Rodriguez(k), 4 others injured

2004

one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter and hit and run and four misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, 12 outstanding cases 11 years in prison, $10,000 to the state and probation department, ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to victims

KESQ

NY Thomas Cote(k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

1 1/3 to 4 years in prison

Newsday

CA Maria Zuñiga(k)

2005

felony hit-and-run, misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving without a driver's license

6 months in jail, 3 years on probation, pay nearly $7,000 to the family, possible deportation

The Record

ME Jessica Lee Lazore(k)

2004

manslaughter, operating under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident

6 months in jail, year-long substance abuse program, probation for six years, pay more than $11,000 in restitution to Jessica s family, and a $2100 dollar fine

WLBZ

AZ Bart Hatcher(k)

2004

attempted leaving the scene of an accident involving a death

36 months of supervised probation

The Yuma Sun
GA Frankie Brohm(k)

2004

vehicular homicide

5 years in prison

Las Vegas Sun

CO Timothy Sowders(k)

2004

two class 4 felonies

4 years in prison

Timmy's dad

TX Earl Powell(k)

2002

failure to stop and render aid

2-1/2 years in prison, $4,500 fine

KCBD

GA Betty Ann Allen(k)

2004

homicide by a vehicle in the first degree, driving under the influence, endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, serious injury by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and death, driving with a suspended license, possession of an open container of alcohol, passing on a hillcrest, passing within 200 feet of an approaching vehicle, and habitual violator

20 years, to serve 12 with 8 on probation

Rome News - Tribune

FL Arnold Ray Franks(k)

P

2003

reckless murder and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries

25 years, 10 years, served concurrent

Daily Home

LA Dewayne Curney, Jr.(k)

P

2004

vehicular homicide and felony hit and run

15 years

ABC26

FL John Vangelakos(k)

B

2004

DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

5 years and 9 months in prison, 10 years probation. License suspended for life, restitution of $3,800

NY Matthew Tedesco(k)

P

2002

(not given in article)

1-1/3 to 4 years

New York Daily News

MO Barbara Miller(k)

A

2004

involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident

5 years in prison

News Tribune

GA Joseph Montgomery(k)

P

2004

felony leaving the scene of an accident

4 years prison, 3 years probation

?

PA Edna Smith(k), Ivan Bollinger(i) V

2003

(not given in article)

2 to 4 years in prison

?

CA Virginia Hunt Richardson, (k), Peter Hunt(k), and Paul Tucker (k)

A, V, V

2002

one count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence

1 year in jail, 5 years probation

The Tribune

CA Kristina Martinez(k)

A

2004

(not given in article)

2 years in prison and no credit for 300 days served

Modesto Bee

PA James Silbaugh(k)

P

2004

vehicular homicide

15 to 30 months in prison

Tribune-Review

MD Justin McAnulty(k)

B

2004

leaving the scene of the hit-and-run accident

3 years (eligible for parole in 9 months)

NBC25

MT Richard D Roebling(k)

P

2004

negligent homicide

20 years

Independent Record

NY Charles McAuliffe(k)

P

2004

driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident

1 year each charge, served consecutively

Newsday

NJ Ronald C. Ng(k)

A

2004

vehicular homicide, endangering the life of an accident victim and driving while intoxicated

5 years, 3 years supervised parole, $4,000 to Violent Crimes Compensation Board

Sentinel

VA Justin Antonuccio(k), Christy Antonuccio(k)

V

2004

reckless driving and leaving an accident scene

2-1/2 years, all but 6 months suspended, $2000

The Free Lance Star

MN Joshua Schmidt(k), Amity Dimock(i)

V, V

2004

criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation

7 years,
15 months, 60 days concurrent

St Paul Pioneer Press

AL LaBryan Slade(k)

?

2004

manslaughter

6 months youthful offender

Mobile Register

FL Keith Poore(k)

P

2003

vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

702 days time served, $40,000 restitution

Florida Today

CT Maurice Forman(k)

P

2003

evading responsibility and negligent homicide

7 years, 6 of which  was suspended

Connecticut Post

OK Jackie Lomboy(k)

V

2003

1st-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene

4 years

KFOR

OK Tom Lane(k)

P

2003

1st-degree manslaughter

20 years

KTUL

FL Leroy Jenkins(k)

B

2003 leaving the scene of a fatal crash

3 years, 7 years of probation

St Petersburg Times

MI Ronald Young(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of an injury accident , involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle

42 months to 15 years

The Macomb Daily

MN Jamie Lee Prestidge(k)

V

2004

2nd-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

108 months, 12 months

Fergus Falls Daily Journal

NY Henry A. Yarrell(k)

P

2002

2nd-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of the accident

2 to 6 years, 1 to 3 years for leaving the scene and 15 days for a traffic violation - concurrent

East Hampton Star

CA Trevor Jakaby(k), another seriously injured

M

2004

hit and run and driving on a suspended license

3 years

SignonSanDiego

TX Brett Walrath(k)

B

2003

intoxication manslaughter

2 years in prison, $10,000 fine

KCBD

AL Rita Broglen(k), 4 other women(i)

V

2004

one count of murder, two counts of assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident

99 years for murder, 10 years each for the assault convictions and a year for leaving the scene

Mobile Register

SC Faustino Garcia Olvera(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death

90 days in jail (served on weekends)and 3 years probation, $10,000 restitution (covered by auto insurance)

Charlotte Observer

MI Ronald Young Jr.(k), injured girlfriend and dragged 1 year old daughter in stroller over 8 miles

P

2004

involuntary manslaughter

3 ½ to 15 years

WDIV

AL Betty Fowler(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of an accident with injury

10 years

Daily Home

UT Zeb Jacob Rice(k)

P

2004

class A misdemeanor for leaving the scene, and a class C misdemeanor for driving on a denied license

18 months, to run consecutively with a prison term defendant is serving for drug and weapons violations.

Salt Lake Tribune

NM Gabriel Campos(k)

A

2004

vehicular homicide, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, driving at night without headlights, speeding and great bodily injury

10 years, must serve 8 years before parole elgibility

Albuquerque Journal

IA Kyle Zey(k)

M

2004

homicide by vehicle

25 years, and pay $150,000 to Zey's estate

WCF Courier

NM Bobbie Lynn Sandoval(k)

P

2003

vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and aggravated fleeing from law enforcement

14-1/2 years

KRQE

SD Brian Pokorney(k)

P

2004

2nd-degree manslaughter and hit and run

9 years, pay restitution of $40,000

Aberdeen American News

VA Fitsum Gebreegziabher(k)

D

2004

involuntary manslaughter

5 years with all but 1 year and 4 months suspended (drug victim over 9 months under car)

AP

CA Stephanie Hughes (k)

P

2004

6 felonies inc vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident

15-22 years
(driver had DL suspended 27 times and was suspended at time of crash)

Oakland Press
MI Prince Anthony Miles II(k)

P

2003

failing to remain at the scene of a fatal accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death

5 to 15 years

Detroit Free Press
AZ Jim Reed(k)

P

2003

leaving the scene

4 years probation, 1000 hours community service, 5 year DL suspension
(convicted driver was Catholic bishop)

CBS

KY 7 injured - boat hit and run

-

2003

four counts of 2nd-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree assault and seven counts of wanton endangerment

10 years, elgible for parole in 2 years

WLWT

PA Anthony Trathen(k)

D

2004 causing an accident involving death or personal injury

1 year of house arrest

WNEP

OR Yves Ndemeye(k)

P

2004

fleeing the scene of an accident

3 years

KATU

WA Robert D Butler(k)

B

2005 story does not list charges but does state "admitted to driving drunk and high when he ran over a bicyclist and fled the scene

41 months, upon release 18-36 months of community custody

Kitsap Sun

OH Justin Romans(k)

B

2004

aggravated vehicular homicide

4-1/2 years, lifetime DL suspension

WBNS

OR Kimberly Jo Stockwell(k)

P

2004

criminally negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, and driving under the influence of intoxicants

7 years,

The Oregonian

NY Jessica Marino(k)

P

2003

leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated

1 1/3 to 4 years in prison

NY Mark Gully(k)

P

2004

manslaughter

 4 to 8 years

MSNBC

MN Rita L. Gorz(k)

P

2003

leaving the scene of a crash

 6 months, 3 years probation, $1500 fine, give 12 talks to victim - impact panels

St Paul Pioneer Press

CA Linda Sanchez(K)

V

2004

vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving

9 years

IA Bobby Shattuck(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of the accident 1 year in a halfway house, 2 years probation

WCF Courier

NE Jon Mifflin(k), and Laura Schmid(k)

M

2003

leaving the scene of an injury accident

90 days, 2 years probation, 2 years restricted driving privileges, $1000 fine

Lincoln Journal Star

GA Charlotte Gay(k), 2 others injured

V

2004

originally charged with 1st-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, serious injury by vehicle and driving on the wrong side of the road

5 years, 10 years conditional probation during which he must stay drug and alcohol  free

Bulloch News

PA Julie Johnson(k)

P

2003

leaving the scene of a fatal accident

180 days

WI Reverend Susan Quigley(k)

P

2003

hit-and-run causing death

 1 year house arrest, 7 years and 9 months probation, never drive again, 200 hours of community service a year

Wisconsin State Journal

TX Laura Putnam(k)

V

2003

failure to stop and render aid (boating crash)

6 months

San Antonio Express-News

PA Daniel Hines(k)

P

2003

homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving and related charges

4 to 8 years

CA Scott Silva(k)

P

2004

felony hit-and-run charge

270 days

CA Shane Robert Casey(k)

M

2004

3 years, pay $44,400  restitution to family

ND Rose Pfau

P

2004

misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident

 1-1/2 years probation

MI Ricky Preston Mathis(k)

P

2004

negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash

1 year in jail, 5 years probation, restitution to family

CA Justin Vosper(k)

A

2004

gross vehicular manslaughter

11 years

CA Kristina Hamill(k)

V

2004 felony hit-and-run, manslaughter and drunken-driving charges

6 years

WA Ryan Lobue(k)

B

2003

felony hit and run, vehicular homicide

34 months, 30 months (concurrent)

HI Maui police officer Gene V. Williams(k)

P

1999

1st-degree negligent homicide

10 years (deported upon release)

Honolulu Star - Bulletin

CA Scott Kruger(k)

B

2004

gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving causing death

6 years

WI Steven W. Blumenberg(k)

P

2004

felony hit-and-run

5 years, 5 years probation, $6000 restitution, no alcohol during sentence

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

SC Danny Gibson

?

2003 hit-and-run involving death

 2 years

Charlotte Observer

MO DeJuan Banks (k)

P

2003

felony count of leaving an accident scene

30 days, 3 years probation, 500 hours community service

Lexington Herald - Leader

IL Stacey Blaine Whitman(k)

P

2002

leaving the scene of a fatal accident and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol

6 months

CA Christopher Alfama (k)

A

2004

one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit-and-run

 6 years plus 1 year

CA Carrie Higgins(k)

P

2003

felony hit and run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter

2 years

Sacramento Bee

TX Demont Matthews(k), Joby Wood(k)

D, D

2002

two counts of criminally negligent homicide

7-1/2 years, $20,000 fine

ESPN

CA Tyler Douglas Weaver

2004

vehicular manslaughter and hit and run causing death

5 years and 4 months

The Inyo Register

OH Brent Cook(k) P

2004

leaving the scene of a deadly hit-and-run accident

9 months, 5 years probation

CA William Casillas(k)

B

2004

leaving the scene of a fatal accident (no charges had driver stopped as he could not prevent crash)

3 years probation
(William was being chased by others trying to steal his bike - they were convicted of murder)

San Diego Union Tribune

FL

Bernell Williams(k)

B

2001

leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run truck accident

 5 years, 5 years probation

St Augustine Record

TX

Rachel Blasingame(k)

A

2003

On trial for manslaughter, aggravated assault and hit-and-run, unknown conviction charge

Two 180-day terms, drive a car with no more than 130 horsepower, carry a photo of the wreckage, take daily medication that will make him sick if he drinks alcohol and put a bumper sticker on his vehicle asking other motorists to call the probation department if he's driving recklessly

Dallas Morning News

CA unk(k)

P

2004

felony hit-and-run

1 year, 3 years of supervised probation

San Francisco Gate

NM James Griffith(k)

P

2004 knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily harm or death

120 days, 3 yeears probation, 80 hours community service, pay restitution

CA Ernest Elliot(k), Nancy Elliot(i) A, V

2003

felony vehicular manslaughter,

364 days in jail (as an illegal, 1 more day in jail would have meant deportation after serving time)

Daily Journal

OH Brent Cook(k)

P

2004 failure to stop after an accident

9 months, 5 years probation

FL Barbara Anne Molochnikov(k)

P

2003

tampering charges (neither party in vehicle admitted they were driver so both were charged and pled guilty)

Party 1 - 18 months,18 months probation
Party 2 - 90 days, 3 years probation

KY Antione Shaw Jr(k)

B

2004

manslaughter

10 years

Courier - Journal

MO Tirzah Berthoff, (k), Mary Bryant, (k)

P, P

2003

two counts of involuntary manslaughter, as well as to 2nd-degree assault, leaving an accident scene, driving with a suspended license and careless and imprudent use of a vehicle

120 days jail, 5 years of probation

Kansas City Star

FL Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony Lehman

A

2004

leaving the scene of a crash involving death

12 months in jail, three years' probation and 100 hours of community service

WJXT

GA Wendi Radcliffe (k), Amanda R. Davis(i)

P

2003

1st-degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, violating a limited-driving permit

6 years, 4 years probation, 5 years concurrent, 1 year concurrent

Mercury News

CA Scott Kruger(k)

B

2004

gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run charges

6 years

Union Tribune

GA Joseph Michael Montgomery(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

4 years, 3 years probation, during probation must take a medication which causes vomiting if a person drinks any alcohol

WSBTV

NM John Marquez(k)

P

2003

knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or great bodily harm

3 years, 3 years probation

KOBTV

FL Francisco Hernandez(k)

B

2004 leaving the scene of a fatal accident

5 years probation

Boca Raton News

MO Toni Sena(k)

B

2003

2nd-degree murder and resisting arrest (fleeing from police at time of crash)

25 years

KMBC

FL Roger Crandall(k)

B

2003

DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene

15 years, plus 5 mos (jury); lifetime DL revocation

Tampa Tribune

CA Emmett Jensen, 8(k)

B

2004

gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit and run causing death and felony child endangerment

15 years

Auburn Journal

IA Eric Nerison, 10(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of a traffic accident without rendering aid, (from later arrest)3 traffic violations, incuding marijuana possesion

3 years probation

Des Moines Register

FL Amy Olson, 16(k), 3 others injured

V

2004

leaving the scene of an accident with injuries or death

1 year and 2 years probation

CO Patricia "Patsy" Kwiatkowski(k)

P

2004

 leaving the scene

10 years (prior felonies)

KUSA

NY Nery Mejia, 17,(k) Yartza Santos, 19(k), Manuel Villot Santos, 11 mos(k), Ricky Mejia, infant(i)

P, P, P, P

2003

manslaughter

12 years

NY Daily

CA Raphael Brayan Jr.(k), unk9k)

V, V

2003

two counts of vehicular manslaughter

5 years

Daily Press

IN Tishawn Mooring(k)

P

2004 reckless homicide

6 years

WFIE

MI Scott Meeks(k)

D

2004

drunk driving causing death, failure to stop at the scene of an injury accident

3-15 years, plus 1 year

Flint Journal

IN Justin Flaherty(k)

P

2003

leaving the scene of a fatal accident

4 years probation, 6 months of house arrest, license suspension

WFIE

CO Steve Luther(k)

M

2001

vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident

22 years

The Pueblo Chieftain

MO Sam Butcher III(k)

M

2001

involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

7 years plus 3 years

Columbia Daily Tribune

NY Peter Hornbeck(k)

P

2004

felony manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident

3 to 9 years

Downtown Express

PA Dennis Whitley(k)

P

2001

homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident

27 to 54 months in prison

WPXI

MA Trista Zinck(k), Neil Bornstein(i)

P

2003

motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, being a minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of Class D marijuana

2-1/2 years, 1 year, 1 year concurrent, 5 years probation, 1,500 hours of community service 

Press Release

HI

Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayao(k)

D

2001

negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident

10 years

Honolulu PD

NJ Visitacion "Chon" Cano Vasquez(k)

P

2004

leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death

364 days in jail and 3 years probation

Daily Record

KY Officer Eddie Mundo Jr(k)

A

2003

manslaughter, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs

15 years

Lousiville Channel

PA Dale Thorne(k)

V

1996 leaving the scene of a fatal crash

1 year of probation

Tribune Review

MA Andrew J. Yagmin (k)

V

1999

leaving the scene of a (fatal boat) accident

Defendant # 1 - 3 years probation
Defendant # 2 - 2 years probation

Union News

NY Anna Rodriguez(k)

P

2002

leaving the scene of the accident

3 months of weekend jail, 5 years probation

Times Herald-Record

NY Lori Stillman(k)

V

2004

2nd Degree Vehicular Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an Incident

1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years, 1 year concurrent

WWTI

IN Benjamin Morrison(k)

B

2000

causing death while driving while intoxicated

4 years - 1 year of which is suspended, 2 year DL suspension

NWI Times

TX Michael Province(k)

P

2001

leaving the scene of the accident

Probation, $1,000 fine, spend 10 days in jail, devote 400 hours to community service and submit to alcohol and drug evaluation treatment

Bryan - College Station Eagle

OH Krysten Studer(k), 5 others injured

P

2003

aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and felony hit and run

6 years

The Vindicator

FL William Yates(k)

A

2003

vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license and culpable negligence for leaving the scene of an accident

15 years

Miami Herald

NY Lindsay Kyle(k)

A

2003

manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and speeding

5 to 15 years

WHEC

WI James Gengler(k)

B

2002

hit-and-run causing death

3 years, 3 years of extended supervision

West Bend Daily News

Charges - under plea agreements, charges of leaving the scene are often dropped.
Only cases where initial charges included hit and run or leaving the scene are listed above,
or when subject was reported in media to have clearly fled scene.
News stories are usually brief and may not carry all details of sentences.

 


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