Lancaster man sentenced for fatal pedestrian hit and run

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to 3-6 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a fatal 2021 hit-and-run crash.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office says on Oct. 29, 2021, Rodolfo Paradas was driving a white work van when he struck 66-year-old Dr. Steven Killough in the N. Prince and W. Chestnut Streets crosswalk.

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The District Attorney’s office says Paradas moved Killough out of the roadway before leaving the scene. Killough died as a result of his injuries two weeks later.

Video from the scene showed the video and police were able to track down Paradas, who the District Attorney’s office says did not have a valid license. Paradas had also had a license revoked in Massachusetts.

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Paradas pleaded guilty to charges of accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving death while not licensed, and three summary charges.

“Because you got scared and left the scene, that makes this the correct charge,” Judge Merrill Spahn said. “If you stayed it likely would’ve been a traffic citation. The flaw you had that evening was driving, you shouldn’t have been driving.”

Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Blazier read a statement from the victim’s daughter during sentencing.

“This case is multifaceted,” Blazier said. “There is a family here suffering with the loss of a loved one. We also have this defendant who suffered their own tragedy.”

The District Attorney’s office says Paradas appeared in court on a gurney after being paralyzed from the waist down after falling from a roof shortly after the hit and run.

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