UPDATE: Driver in fatal hit-and-run sentenced

May 9, 2011

THE CRIME: Herbert Ross Vaughn II was behind the wheel of a pickup June 9, 2009, when it swerved into oncoming traffic in Colorado Springs and slammed head on into a sedan, killing Shirley Rust.

Vaughn took off running after the crash in the 5000 block of Mark Dabling Boulevard.  He was arrested nearby after a two-hour search by police.

CONVICTED:  During a court-supervised mediation hearing in January, Vaughn pleaded guilty to a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Other charges, such as possession of marijuana, were dropped.

Vaughn was apparently trying to avoid arrest on a drug charge and an unrelated traffic warrant, prosecutors said. He was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

SENTENCING: Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Larry E. Schwartz ordered Vaughn to serve 90 days in jail, four years of supervised probation and 500 hours of community service.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Vaughn also must undergo drug and alcohol monitoring, get a job after his release and pay court costs and restitution, which haven’t yet been calculated by the court. The sentence began Monday.

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