WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors agreed to an 18-year sentence for a man who crashed into a police car, sped off at more than 100 mph (160 kph), fatally injured another motorist then ran over his girlfriend.
News outlets report that 38-year-old James Avirett pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of a crash.
Delray Beach police said Avirett hit a patrol car while making a U-turn in December and then sped away. He hit 77-year-old Michael Fogg, who was waiting at a stop sign; Fogg died almost two months later. Then he careened onto a sidewalk and hit his girlfriend, 41-year-old Dara Treechatinan, who was on the phone with him.
Avirett's lawyer called it "unbelievably tragic" that he was looking for his girlfriend and ended up killing her.