Hit-and-run driver sentenced for toddler's death near the Cincinnati Zoo
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A hit-and-run driver who pled guilty to hitting a family coming from the Cincinnati Zoo, killing a toddler, was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison. Several people spoke against Donteiz Dickey and for him.
Khloe Pitts was hit by Dickey's car as her family left the Festival of LIghts on November 26. Khloe died 48 days later from her injuries, which included a severed spinal cord. Her mother, Joy White, was hurt but survived. She said she is still recovering.
Dickey turned himself into police the next day. White said he sent her a Facebook message before he turned himself in and apologized. However, she still wanted the judge to sentence Dickey to the maximum. "Right now, in my heart, I just can't find it to forgive him. He took my life. Khloe was my only daughter, Khloe was my only child. I'm just completely devastated."
Dickey's attorney said his client is remorseful. "Every day that's gone by since this happened, he's been mortified by his behavior. He was completely terrified that he fled the scene."
Judge Robert Ruehlman gave Dickey the maximum on the first charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, saying hitting the family was an accident but leaving the scene was intentional. "You couldn't care less about these people and what you did. You're not sorry. You're sorry you got caught."