Man Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Fatal Taunton Hit-and-Run


(SN) FIRST TONIGHT- THE MOTHER OF A MAN KILLED IN A HIT AND RUN CRASH IN TAUNTON IS SPEAKING TO US. SHE’S ANGRY ABOUT THE SENTENCE FOR THE PASSENGER WHO WAS IN THE CAR THE NIGHT HER SON WAS KILLED. RYAN O’DAY… WAS SENTENCED TO SERVE ONE YEAR IN PRISON– AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY LAST MONTH OF LEAVING THE SCENE OF A DEADLY ACCIDENT. THE VICTIM’S MOTHER SAYS THAT IS NOTHING BUT A SLAP ON THE WRIST. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER TODD WALLACE JOINS US FROM THE CONTROL ROOM– WITH THE NEW DETAILS. THE MOTHER OF THE MAN WHO WAS KILLED IN THAT HIT AND RUN CRASH IN TAUNTON SAYS JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED. CARYN ALFANO “I THINK IT’S ANOTHER MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.” CARYN ALFANO OFTEN THINKS BACK TO THAT DAY LAST NOVEMBER WHEN HER 36- YEAR-OLD SON MICHAEL ALFANO WAS HIT BY A CAR, DRAGGED AND KILLED WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE IN TAUNTON. THE DRIVER AND A PASSENGER TOOK OFF. “THEY JUST DECIDED YOU KNOW OH GO, GO, GO,” WHEN THEY FINALLY STOPPED- “THIS PASSENGER GOT OUT OF THE CAR, PULLED THE BIKE OFF, HAD TO KICK IT OFF WITH FORCE, THAT’S HOW INGRAINED IT WAS INTO THE VEHICLE.” THE PASSENGER, RYAN O’DAY WAS FOUND GUILTY OF LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL ACCIDENT. CARYN SAYS HIS 1- YEAR JAIL SENTENCE AND 18 MONTHS PROBATION IS FAR TOO LIGHT. “THE POLICE DO THEIR WORK, THE DA’S DO THEIR WORK, AND THEN THE JUDGE’S LET THEM GO, AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT.” CARYN WILL ALWAYS WONDER IF MICHAEL WOULD HAVE SURVIVED IF ONLY THE CAR HADN’T SPED AWAY. “HE HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS. HE HAD CHILDREN. EXTREMELY CREATIVE, A VERY GIFTED TATTOO ARTIST. I’M CERTAIN THAT IF THEY STRUCK HIM AND THEN IMMEDIATELY STOPPED THE VEHICLE, THERE WAS A CHANCE.” A CHANCE CARYN ALFANO SAYS WAS LOST FOR BOTH HER SON AND HERSELF. “I’M SO ANGRY BECAUSE THEY STOLE MICHAEL’S LIFE AND THEY STOLE MY HOPE.” THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT WITH DEATH RESULTING AND MISLEADING POLICE. HE HAS NOT GONE TO TRIAL YET. IN THE CONTROL ROOM, TODD WALLACE, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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