At least 5 years in prison for man in snowplow hit-and-run in Wyoming

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Austin Hill, video arraignment 1/13/17

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old snowplow driver has been sentenced to at least five years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run near Grand Rapids.

Austin Hill was remorseful in court Thursday, a month after pleading no contest to causing a fatal crash but failing to stop. Chelsea Crawford was hit in January while she walked on 52nd Street near Byron Center Avenue in Wyoming.

Crawford’s mother, Christina Fender, told Hill that her daughter would want him to know that he’s forgiven.

Defense attorney Craig Haehnel says it’s a “horrible tragedy” for both families. He says Hill didn’t stop after striking the 26-year-old Crawford because he “was in a panic.”

Hill will be eligible for release after five years.

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  • tracyd112

    This is why People continue to Diver while suspended or without having a Drivers License as there is no Punishment at all.Look this Guy has how many suspended Kills a Woman Leaves the scene of an accident and was probably under the influence of some type of Drug.Hides until The Police track him down and he Gets 5 years.Really taking someones Life while driving illegally and gets 5 years.We have people Locked in Prison doing longer time for stealing food to feed their family. SMH