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 - discontinued 5/31/06)

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State

Victim

Crash

Final Charges*

Sentence*

Source


OR Lloyd Myles (k)

2006

hit and run and vehicular homicide

61 months in prison, 41 months, to run concurrent

KATU

NC Natalie Housand (k)

2004

involuntary manslaughter, hit and run-fail to stop for personal injuries or death, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony death by vehicle

59 to 81 months in prison

Star News

MN Cory Allen Pierce (k)

2005

criminal vehicular homicide

21 months, 1 month served

Echo Press

PA Peter Roberto (k)

2004

vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of the accident

4 - 8 years in prison

Philadelphia Daily News

CA Dale Ellis Le Mere (k), Rudy Parra Carranza (k)

2005

2 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated , hit-and-run driving with injuries

18 years in prison

Union - Tribune

NY Zachary Click (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a fatal or serious personal injury accident

1 to 3 years in prison

Observer-Dispatch

PA Jacob Stoltzfus Smucker (k)

2006

homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of the fatal accident and driving with a suspended license

3 to 6 years in prison

Philadelphia Inquirer

MA Daryl Boddie (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a personal injury and death accident

2 -1/2 years in prison, 6 months susended, 5 years probation

Lowell Sun

FL Ray Barna (k)

2005

driving under the influence, manslaughter and failure to render aid

12 years in prison,

MO Rita Clark (k)

2003

leaving the scene of an accident

5 years probation, drive to work and emergencies only, pay 10% of wages for length of probation to familyof victim

News Leader

MA Daryl Boddie (k), Max Dean (i)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident causing death

2 1/2-years in jail, 6months suspended, 5 years probation

The Boston Channel

WA Gerald Reed (k)

2005

vehicular homicide, failure to remain at the scene of the accident

5 years and 1 month in jail

KIRO

NJ Erika Mungen (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a fatal accident

3 years in prison

Cape May County Herald

PA Robert Dowd (k)

2005

vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident

15 to 36 months in prison, 7 years of probation

Delco Times

CA (10-year-old girl and her grandmother)

2004

two counts of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and hit and run

25 years to life in prison

KSBW

NM Betty Jean Lockett (k)

2003

vehicular homicide

8 years in prison

The Pueblo Chieftain

SD Russell Dean Thompson Jr. (k)

2005

leaving the scene of criminal vehicular homicide.

4 years in prison

WI Ronald Tallon (k)

2005

homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle

5 years on probation

Baraboo News Republic

MA Thomas Brosnan (k)

2005

motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of injury or death and driving without a license

2½ years, 1 year of direct jail time ,balance suspende,. 4 years' probation , hundreds of hours of community service

The Republican

NJ Ericka Mungen (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a fatal accident

3 years in prison

Press of Atlantic City

IA Joan Wilson (k)

2004

vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter , leaving the scene of a personal injury accident

26 years in prison

Sioux City Journal

MO Jesse Harden (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident, involuntary manslaughter , resisting arrest

7 years in prison

KOLR 10

SC Tony Anthony Grier (k)

2005

second-degree murder , driving while impaired

10 years and 5 months in prison

Charlotte Observer

CA Asuncion Somera (k)

2005

vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated , leaving the scene of an injury crash

3 years in prison

The Daily Review

OH Kathy Chrisman (k)

2004

aggravated vehicular homicide

7 years in prison - later changed  to 4 years (no reason given by Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh)

Beacon Journal

AZ Valentino Borea (k)

2003

endangerment

3 years probation, suspended 60 days jail, pay restitution

Arizona Daily Star

MN Evelyn Geng (k)

2005

second-degree murder

30 years in prison

WCCO

MN Lul Ibrahim (k)

2005

second-degree unintentional murder

7 years in prison

WCCO

CA Jason Penalba (pi)

2005

boating under the influence, hit and run

5 years in prison, pay family restitution

Monterey County Herald

FL Arnold "Pete" Torrent III (k)

2005

leaving the scene,  tampering with evidence

2 years in jail

Orlando Sentinel

FL Sarah Landry (k)

2004

leaving the scene of a fatal accident

21 months in prison, probation for 3 years, license revoked for 3 years

Tampa Tribune

CT Louis Palermo (k)

2005

evading responsibility and misconduct with a motor vehicle

10 years in prison, suspended after serving 45 months, 5 year's probation, 3 years DL revoked

The American Republican

OH Jodie Stearns (k)

vehicular homicide and drug abuse charges

30 months in jail, drivers license suspended

MI Jamie Reurink (k)

2004

negligent homicide, failing to stop at the scene of a fatal accident

2 to 5 years in prison

The Kalamazoo Gazette

NC Hester Faye Coleman (k)

2005

involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run and driving while impaired

4 years and 3 months in prison

The Herald - Sun

NC Keith Edward Deal (k)

2005

felony hit-and-run, death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving and driving without a license

5 to 6 months in jail (not deported although illegal)

Salisbury Post

PA Thomas Zielenski (k), Kimberly Ann Potoski (k)

2005

leaving the scene

1 to 3 years in prison

Times Leader

ME Robert Bourque (k)

2004

operating under the influence

3 years in prison

WCSH

MI Russell Bradford Jr. (k)

2004

negligent homicide

pay  $4,652 for victim's funeral, $1000 fine, serve 6 months in jail, probation for 2 years' must attend at least one 12-step program

Flint Journal

PA Patricia Quittle (k)

2005

vehicular homicide

2 and 5 years in county work-release program, 3 years probation.

WPVI

OH Brian Shug (k)
Will Wolfe (k)

2004

failing to stop at the scene of an accident, 2 counts of vehicular homicide and 1 count of assault

3 years in prison

The Lima News

AZ Lidia Bonner (k)

2004

leaving the scene

14 months time served, 22 months of probation

Gallup Independent

AZ Robert Lane (k)
Adam Oreck (k)

2005

two counts of manslaughter

10.5 years in prison, 7 years on probation

Tucson Citizen

NY Zachary Click (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a fatal or serious injury accident

1 to 3 years in prison

Utica Observer - Dispatch

NJ Jose Rochez (k)

2006

leaving the scene of an accident that results in death

probation for 4years and fined $1,200 - loss of driver's license

Daily Record

IN Grant Reilly (k)

2005

drunk driving?, failure to stop after an accident causing death

4 years in prison with 2 suspended, 4 years with 2 suspended run consecutive, 60 hours of community service, DL suspended for 2 years

The Post and Mail

IL Gerald King (k)

2004

unreported

40 months in prison

Chicago Tribune

CA Johnathon Ferguson (k)

2005

vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run with death or injury and fleeing the scene of a crime

11 years and 4 months in prison

North County Times

KS Kevin Harris (k)

2005

involuntary manslaughter

38 months in prison

Kansas City Star

CA Elliott Gomez (k)

2005

vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence

2 years in state prison

The Press Enterprise

NJ Steven M. Fusciardi (k)

2005

leaving he scene of a fatal accident

probation for 5 years, fined $500

Asbury Park Press

SC Roberto "Hawk" Morffi (k)

2004

felony DUI involving a fatality, hit-and-run involving a death

6 years, 4 years (later reduced to 4 and 4)

The Post and Courier

MI Marty Stott (k)

2005

drunken driving causing death and leaving the scene of an accident

107 months to 22 1/2 years in prison

Lansing State Journal

FL Kimberly Jo Dahmer (k)

2005

driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death

191 days in jail, deportation

The Edge

NJ Robert Williams (k)

2004

see sentence

12 years for vehicular homicide, 4years each for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and endangering an injured victim.

The Star-Ledger

WA Charles McConnell (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a traffic accident

1-1/4 years in prison

The Oregonian

VA Christine Eckard (k), Leticia Renteria (k) 2005 2 counts of involuntary - manslaughter, felony hit-and-run

10 years, with five years suspended, on each of two counts and 10 years, with eight years suspended

Richmond Times Dispatch

VA Sherice Elizabeth Chavis (k) 2005 driving with a suspended license, not wearing glasses while driving, driving an uninsured motor vehicle

18 months and fined her $500

Richmond Times Dispatch

MN Stephen Nelson (k) 2005 leaving the scene of an accident involving death

10 years in prison with 5 years suspended, $750 in court costs, $500 in attorney's fees.

WCCO

FL Moses Joseph (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a crash involving a death

6 month jail sentence, permanently give up her driver's license, possible deportation

WPBF

CA Carol Fiorina-Long (k), Peter Rogasch (k)

2005

hit-and-run and two counts of vehicular manslaughter

1 year in jail, five years' probation, deportation

AP

VA Jonkia Travis (k)

2005

not given in this report

3 years in prison, then deportation

WVEC

WI Joe Mostofi (k)

2005

homicide by drunken driving , hit-and-run causing death

20 years of confinement and 15 years of extended supervision, 15 years with five years of initial confinement and 10 years of extended supervision, to run consecutive

Appleton Post-Crescent

OH Bobby DoMoe (k)

2004

aggravated vehicular homicide,  leaving the scene

8 years for and 4 years consecutively, lifetime suspension of driver's license

Toledo Blade

MI John Trimnell (k)

2005

not given in this report

1 yeasr in jail, 3 years of probation, restitution to family for expenses

WWMT

CA Carlos Chavez (k), Miranda Maldonado (k)

2005

vehicular manslaughter, hit and run and drug charges

4 years in prison

KFSN

FL Tim O'Connor (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

3 years in prison

TC Palm

MA Jai Aggarawl (k)

2004

motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and making a false report of a crime to a police officer.

2-1/2 years in jail, 5 years probation

WCSH

OH James Felger (k)

2004

misdemeanor vehicular homicide, felony hit-skip,

6 months in jail, 18 months of house arrest, make restitution to family, DL suspended for 1 year, undergo drug and alcohol assessment

Tribune Chronicle

IL Marian Cudd (k)

2005

reckless homicide , leaving the scene of a deadly accident

6 years in prison

WQAD

WI Edward W. Rettig (k)

2003

great bodily harm by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, great bodily harm in a hit-and-run accident, bodily harm and drunken driving

probation for 6 years, 9 months in jail

The Capital Times

CA Sharday McCoy (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

3 years in prison

CBS2

NY Grania Maggio (k)

2005

manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene

3-1/2 to 10-1/2 years  in prison, 1 to 3 years concurrently

Capital News 9

TX Cody Hughes (k)

2005

failure to stop and render aid

4 years in prison

KCBD

CA Reynauld White (k), 3 others injured

2005

gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, causing great bodily injury to three people

9 years in prison

CBS5

OK Sabrina Smith (k)

2004

first-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury.

20 years in prison, all but 6 years suspended

Purcell Register

FL Maeonia James (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

17 year old female driver - probation until she's 19, 120 hours of community service

WFTV

FL Anthony Edler (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident involving death

1 year of house arrest

Herald Today

CA Reynauld White (k)

2005

vehicle manslaughter

9 years in state prison

The Times-Herald

TX Cody Hughes (k)

2005

failure to stop and render aid

4 years in prison

KCBD

IN John Heffernan (k)

1999

unreported in article

15 years in prison

Indianapolis Star

MT Jace Fitzpatrick (k)

2005

negligent vehicular homicide

37 months in prison

Great Falls Tribune

MA John Baltas (k)

2004

leaving the scene of a personal injury accident causing death and driving without a license

2-1/2 years in prison, To serve 18 months, remainder suspended for 3 years with probation, ordered not to drive

Worcester Telegram

PA Rasheen Newkirk (k)

2005

hit-and-run and related charges

1 to 2years in prison, $2,500 fine

Bucks County Courier Times

NJ Erwin Franco (k)

2004

leaving the scene of an accident

1 year in jail

North Jersey.com

AK Gail Fejes (k)

2004

leaving the scene of a road rage accident

3 months in jail

Juneau Empire

UT Gregorio Rodriquez Jr (k)

2005

2nd-degree auto homicide

1 to 15 years in prison

KUTV

NJ Carol Longdon (k)

2001

vehicular homicide

7 years in prison

Press of Atlantic City

NJ Wayne A. Peterson (k)

2003

aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, assault by auto and numerous moving violations

13-1/2 years in prison

The Record and Herald

TX Rafael Enrique "Champ" Garcia Jr (k)

2004

failure to stop and render aid, fine of $10,000

20-year prison sentence

San Antonio Express-News

FL Ca'naree Threatt (k)

2005

vehicular homicide with failure to render aid and petty theft

7 years in prison, 8 years probation

Sun Sentinel

DE Zenda Hall (k)

2003

criminal negligent homicide

15 months in prison

The News Journal

CT

Christopher Norton Velez (k)

2003

misconduct with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility

5 years in prison

NBC30

NC Scott Gardner (k), Tina Gardner (still in a coma)

2005

habitual DUI, second degree murder, felonious hit and run and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious bodily harm

14 to 18 years in prison (driver illegal alien)

WCNC

WY Dale Capps (k)

2005

vehicular homicide

2 years in jail and 2 years on probation

Star Tribune

OH Natasha Olashuk (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury and death

3 years in prison

The Herald - Star

MI Christopher Hart (k)

2005

not reported

up to 20 years in prison

WWMT

CA Carlos Chavez (k), Miranda Maldonado (k)

2005

2 counts of vehicular manslaughter and drug charges

4 years and 4 months in prison

KFSN

CO Laura Buniger (K)

2001

leaving the scene of an accident

3 years of probation

The Daily Sentinel

CA Peter Cervi (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

4 years in state prison

Copley Press

NY Vanessa Washington (k)

2005

felony charge of leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident

1 to 4 years in prison

The Post - Standard

IN Ashley Crouse (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident

8 years in prison

Indianapolis Star

SC Donald Ackerman (k)

2005

leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality

15 years with all but 5 years probation suspended

The Post and Courier

MD William Ruffin (k)

2005

manslaughter

3 years in prison / 18 months on probation

WBAL

NJ Antonios Podias (k)

2002

leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident resulting in death, hindering apprehension and operating a motor vehicle while under the
influence of alcohol

3 years

Asbury Park Press

TN Megan McCrary (k)

2004

vehicular homicide-intoxication;
vehicular assault; and leaving the
scene of an accident involving a death

9 years, 3 years, 18 months - served concurrently

Hendersonville Star News

NJ Kenneth "Joey" Gibson (k)

2005

4th degree hindering apprehension

(mother to driver)
3 years of probation
100 hours community service

Gloucester County Times

NJ Kenneth "Joey" Gibson (k)

2005

leaving the scene of a fatal motor
vehicle accident and other charges

(minor age driver)
2-year probation
300 hours community service

Gloucester County Times

NJ Joshua Terrazas (k)

2003

3rd-degree leaving the scene
of a fatal accident that resulted in death

5 years probation,
pay $5,000 in fines

Bridgeton 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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