Judge sentences driver for deadly hit-and-run in Hamilton
HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) - Steve Rogers has been arrested 75 times and has been in and out of prison.
On Thursday, he appeared in a Butler County courtroom to be sentenced for another crime.
Prosecutors say that last November, four adults, one who was pushing a child in a stroller, were walking across Martin Luther King Drive.
Rogers' pickup truck struck and killed 18-year-old Allison Reyes Castillo and seriously injured 38-year-old Ann Wagers.
In court on Thursday, Rogers turned to Wagers and members of Castillo's family and apologized.
"I'd like to start by saying, that my heart is broken by this tragic accident and I feel like my soul has been broken apart," Rogers said.
Rogers says that not a minute has gone by since that November night that he hasn’t felt sorrow. He told those in the courtroom that life for him and them has never been the same.
Allison Reyes Castillo was the mother of a 2-year-old child. Family members addressed Rogers prior to sentencing.
"Ever since I can remember I have never lived without her. It was like being reborn again," said Adrianna Reyes, a cousin of Castillo.
"I hate you, I’ve never hated anyone this bad until you. You're a murderer, you're not a person to me. You're a murderer. You are nothing to me," said Ann Wagers, who spent a month in the hospital recovering from injuries received when she was struck.
She asked Rogers, how could he not have seen them?
"You took a lot from us. You don’t even know. You took a lot from us, not just one person, her family her friends, she had so many friends. That girl was so popular. You took it all from us,” said Wagers.
In addition to the prison sentence, Rogers was given a lifetime license suspension.
In addition to a sentence of seven years in prison, Rogers received a lifetime driving suspension.