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Man Sentenced To Six Years After Killing Pedestrian

The Houston Chronicle is reporting on a sentencing that happened in Fargo, North Dakota over a man killing a pedestrian. The convicted man pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter and failing to report a fatal accident.

David Torgenson was sentenced to six years in prison and two years of probation for the death of the pedestrian. The accident happened last September. The victim was walking home from the grocery got hit by the car.

Prosecutors initially charged a passenger in the vehicle with criminal vehicular homicide after police found her behind the wheel. However, they later found that the actual driver fled the scene and left her holding the bag. That charge was dismissed, but she pleaded guilty to hindering law enforcement in January and is serving one year of probation.

We wish to take a moment to express our sincere condolences to the victim’s family, and to reemphasize that leaving the scene of an accident is never a good idea. Even if the evidence is clearly against you, fleeing the scene will only make things worse.

While it’s no guarantee, facing up to your responsibility in an accident can make a judge give you a more lenient sentence. But if you flee, you will face a much harsher sentence.

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