A horrific crash in Delaware last year left a man in New Jersey and his four daughters dead – but the Maryland driver, whose pickup crossed the highway midway, according to authorities, will not go to jail.
Instead, defendant Alvin Hubbard III, 46, of Cambridge, was given one year of probation by Judge Calvin L. Scott, Jr. The verdict came Friday in a courtroom in Delaware.
Scott was appointed to the Delaware Supreme Court in 2003 by former Gov. Ruth Ann Miner, a Democrat who served from 2001 to 2009, according to the official website of the Delaware Courts.
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Prosecutors have requested Hubbb serve six months behind bars, while the woman in New Jersey who lost her family lost water by law: 1
"His one life will never be enough for the five people he killed," Mary Rose Ballocanag, 52, i.e., wife and mother, told The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.
"His one life will never be enough for the five people he killed."
"Obviously you can kill some people now and get probation ?? !! ??, "wrote one Twitter user. "Is Delaware's legal system different from the rest of the country? It's insane !! This family deserves justice !!"
"Disgusting," wrote another commenter.
According to the newspaper, Hubbard wept during
Ballokanagh and many supporters traveled from northern New Jersey for the hearing. The Teaneck resident lost her husband, Audi Trinidad, at 61; and daughters Kitelin, 20; Dana, 17; and twins Alison and Melissa, 13.
The widow was with her family during the crash and suffered injuries that required eight surgeries, according to the News Journal.
Hubbard was not charged until four months after the crash. He faces five counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault, as well as negligent driving, driving through a median and failure to obey a traffic device. He pleaded not guilty.
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He was later found guilty of lower charges: five counts of operating a vehicle causing death, plus single counts of second-degree and third-degree vehicles
Hubbard's lawyer claims that his client suffered a cough while driving, causing his truck to diverge on average. Prosecutors said Judge Hubbard went home after work all day after sleeping only four to five hours at night.