NWA Man to Face Deportation After Fatal Hit and Run Sentence

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A Fayetteville man will face deportation once he serves 17 years for a hit-and-run accident that killed a teenage girl and severed the legs of another person.

Wednesday, 33-year-old Sergio Rodriguez pleaded guilty for the crash.

On November 6, 2016, Rodriguez was driving near the intersection of Randel and Zion, when he struck Hailey King and Osmin Gutierrez on a scooter.

King was killed, while Gutierrez had both his legs severed.  

Rodriguez fled the scene and turned himself into police two days later.

“He hit these two kids, but his actions afterwards not stopping which at this point we don’t know. It could’ve saved Hailey’s life. It could’ve saved David’s legs,” said Kathryn Hall, who’s daughter was killed in the hit and run.

Wednesday was the first time the King’s and Gutierrez had to face the man that changed their lives forever.

“I wanted him to know he’s not forgiven. He never will be forgiven,” said Hall.

King’s family wanted a trial, but Rodriguez’ attorney Kimberly Weber said he wanted to give the victims some closure.

“The pictures were horrific. The crime, the accident, the tragedy was horrific. And nobody needed to go through that again,” said Weber.

Before Judge Mark Lindsey gave the sentencing recommendation at the Washington County Courthouse, Hall and Gutierrez were able to share their devastation.

“It was about his mistakes that he’s made. But he needed to know she wasn’t just a name,” said Hall.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

“Ten years for Hailey’s life. She was 18-years-old. She had a lot longer than ten years. Five years for David’s legs. He’ll never get those back. And two years for leaving the scene, that isn’t enough,” said Hall.

“It was about his mistakes that he’s made. But he needed to know she wasn’t just a name,” said Thomas King, Hailey’s father.

Weber said Rodriguez is a legal resident, but not a U.S. Citizen.

This plea will result in his deportation once he serves his sentence. 

Hailey’s father said the deal doesn’t give his family closure, but he also knows nothing will bring his daughter back.

“I’ll never forgive him,” said King.

Rodriguez has to turn himself into the Washington County Jail by April 24th.

And Hall said the plea deal only fuels her desire to change hit and run laws in Arkansas.

Hall said she has a meeting with Senator Tom Cotton in Washington D.C. next week about this case.

KNWA will continue to keep you updated as more information because available on this story. 

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