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Driver in deadly hit-and-run crash pleads guilty

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne man who ran from a deadly hit-and-run crash last year pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

Justin Votaw pleaded guilty to five counts of leaving the scene of a crash according to our Partners in News at ABC 21.

RELATED: Driver that fled from crash on W. Jefferson Blvd., appears in court

The fiery crash on West Jefferson Boulevard near Swinney Park killed Jonny Tracy, 23, and Alisa Arseneau, 24 on Feb. 20, 2017. Three others were hospitalized.

Court records show Votaw was driving a friend’s BMW when he struck Tracy’s Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta went sideways around a curve and struck oncoming traffic. That’s when the BMW struck the Jetta again, causing the Jetta to burst into flames.

Votaw will have a sentencing on May 11.

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1 comment

Buck April 16, 2018 at 9:00 am

I hope the punishment is severe. I don’t care he pleaded guilty. All that tells me is he must have made a deal with the prosecuting attorney. Hope there’s a follow up to this story on that.


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