Portage man gets three years for death of mo-ped driver
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent February 20, 2013 6:56PM
Updated: February 20, 2013 11:12PM
VALPARAISO — The Portage man who hit and killed a man riding a mo-ped received a three-year prison term Wednesday.
Reinaldo Antonio Figueroa III, 20, will also serve three years on probation after that and lose his license for four years.
And none of the sentence can be served on home detention.
Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper sentenced Figueroa on Wednesday in a one-and-a-half hour hearing.
Figueroa pleaded guilty to Class C felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death on Nov. 20, admitting he hit Franklin Ivey, 22, about 8:20 p.m. on April 2.
He hit Ivey so hard in the 500 block of County Road 700N that the collision damaged Figueroa’s windshield, but Figueroa drove off, leaving Ivey alone on the road where another driver ran over him.
Figueroa apologized on Wednesday to that driver for causing her suffering, to Ivey’s family and to his own family.
He also said he can’t undo what he did, but he would help the family in any way possible.
Figueroa turned himself in about eight hours after the accident happened, so there’s no proof he had been intoxicated.
The prosecution dropped another Class C felony for the plea.
As part of his incarceration, Figueroa won’t be incarcerated in the Westville prison. Ivey’s father is serving time there, and Harper made an order for Figueroa to go elsewhere.