Man who caused mo-ped rider's death receives 9-year sentence

James Fugate

GOSHEN — A Ligonier man who admitted to causing a mo-ped rider's death in 2014 when he was driving while high was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday.

James Fugate, 32, was sentenced according to the terms of the plea agreement he entered in March, when he admitted to killing Jennifer Myers on Aug. 29, 2014, east of Goshen. His plea included a nine-year prison term for causing a death when operating a motor vehicle while on a controlled substance, a Level 4 felony with a maximum sentence of 12 years.

An additional charge against Fugate, the Level 5 felony of causing death when driving while intoxicated, was dismissed in his plea agreement.

He was arrested almost three years after the accident occurred, early in the morning on C.R. 38, just west of C.R. 35. Myers was thrown from her black mo-ped, which he claimed was not visible in the dark, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fugate acknowledged in March that he had marijuana, the sedative alprazolam and methadone in his system during the accident. He also acknowledged that he remained at the scene, called 911, waited for authorities to arrive and cooperated in the investigation.

He was arrested in March 2017 on a warrant issued in June 2015.

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