Thursday, February 7, 2008
Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man has pleaded guilty to careless driving and reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured a pedestrian in November.
Jared Coleman Chadwick, 36, was sentenced in Routt County Court on Wednesday to 10 days in jail and one year of unsupervised probation. Chadwick also will have to pay $3,396 in restitution and $250 in fines, plus court costs and fees.
Chadwick was the driver of a car that struck a 24-year-old woman who was walking along Tamarack Drive near Little Moon Trail on Nov. 27. The vehicle's side-view mirror or the body of the car struck the woman on the arm, causing minor injuries, according to police.
Chadwick left the scene without checking on the pedestrian or reporting the accident to authorities, and when contacted by Steamboat Springs police at his residence later that evening, he admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.
In court Wednesday, Chadwick said he was unaware that he had hit the pedestrian.
"It was about 8:30 at night, and I never saw her," Chadwick said. "I'm not denying it, but I did not know."
Judge James Garrecht said he would have imposed a stiffer sentence if he thought Chadwick knew he had struck the pedestrian when he left the scene of the accident.
Chadwick's driver's license likely will be suspended as a result of pleading guilty to the charges, Garrecht said.
Chadwick originally was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to notify and careless driving. The other charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement.
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