Man gets 5 years in fatal Ore. hit-run
Thursday, June 30, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A 19-year-old driver who struck and killed a Salem pedestrian in January, then drove off, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Jake Montano told police he was texting as he drove and struck 37-year-old Morales Singer.
Defense lawyer Nancy Cook says Montano got scared and fled. Singer died at the scene. Montano turned himself in about a week later.
He pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges and was sentenced Thursday by Marion County Judge Claudia Burton.
The victim's brother, Michael Singer, spoke directly to Montano, asking why he didn't pull over and call police to report the accident.
Montano asked the family's forgiveness.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com