Driver in Elkhart fatal accident sentenced

Kevin Meyer, a teenager who killed a man while driving in June, was sentenced in Elkhart Superior Court 2 Monday.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.

ELKHART — The driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in June was sentenced Monday morning at Elkhart County Superior Court 2.

Kevin Meyer, 19, of Elkhart, was sentenced to three years in home detention, $500 in restitution through the victim-offender reconciliation program and a two-year license suspension.

Meyer, who was charged with failure to stop after an accident, a Class C felony, pleaded guilty on Nov. 12, 2012.

Meyer was driving to work around 3:30 a.m. on June 7, 2012, when he struck Raymundo Sabag, 60, who was riding his bicycle at the time. The accident happened on C.R. 17 near the U.S. 20 Bypass. By the time police arrived at the scene, the vehicle was gone. Sabag died instantly from the collision of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to the probable cause affidavit for Meyer’s case.

Meyer was arrested Aug. 14 on a criminal warrant following an investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. According to the probable cause affidavit, Meyer told police he was driving a Pontiac Bonneville south on C.R. 17 when he saw Sabag riding in the same direction as him, on the shoulder of the road. Meyer said there was a car to his left, and he could not avoid hitting Sabag. He told police he panicked and continued driving, without stopping or returning to the scene.

Though Meyer claimed Sabag swerved onto his path, police determined during their investigation the bicycle was struck on a paved shoulder. Results from blood and urine tests were negative for drugs and alcohol.

At the sentencing hearing, Meyer apologized to Sabag’s family, said Thomas Leatherman, Meyer’s attorney.

“I think Kevin generally has been concerned and upset that he did anything that would take somebody else’s life,” he said. “In fact, he hasn’t driven since the day of the accident.”

Meyer did not have a criminal record, he claimed to have a job at Lowe’s and a child to support, according to the probable cause affidavit.

“He’s just a young guy who panicked, he had no criminal record at all,” said Leatherman. “And I wish he hadn’t panicked but he did.”

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