Hit-and -run driver apologizes to victim

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An unlicensed and uninsured motorist, who fled the scene after hitting a good Samaritan helping two people stranded in a broken-down car in Ocean Beach, was sentenced today to a year in local custody.

Jaron Blake Hillyer, 27, pleaded guilty last month to felony hit-and-run causing injury.

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Judge Eugenia Eyherabide placed Hillyer on three years probation and told the defendant he could serve his time in a work furlough-residential re-entry program in hopes that he will get a job and start making restitution to the victim, Julio Vasquez.

Vasquez, 26, told the court that since the accident, he has trouble breathing due to a punctured lung and his broken leg will never be the same.

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“People call it an accident, I call it a tragedy,'' Vasquez said. “I thought I was gonna die.''

Vasquez said he is now…

Original published: 2018-07-21 18:39:35 Read the full San Diego News here


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