Judge Daniel Brabender called the man who caused a fatal accident, “a self-absorbed criminal,” before handing down his sentence Thursday.
Matthew Gerrans, 30, is sentenced to spend four to eight years in state prison.
Gerrans pleaded guilty to two counts of accidents involving death or injury and a charge of failure to perform duties to give information and render aid in September.
This plea comes after Gerrans caused the accident that killed Ali Fuhrman, 24, and seriously injured her father, Patrick, who was driving the car.
That accident happened at intersection of West Ridge and Asbury Roads in December of 2015.
Gerrans reading a letter he wrote out loud in court before being sentenced and said, “I am ashamed of my actions that night.” He continued, “If I could trade places with Ali I would.”
Ali’s aunt, Maria Fuhrman Smith, told the judge just before he handed down the sentence that Gerrans left her niece and brother there to died.
Gerrans fled the scene the night of the accident. He also admitted he was drinking before and after the accident.
Smith said, “There’s always going to be one person missing. Ali had a lot going for her. I feel bad for my brother and sister-in-law and my niece, but I also feel bad for the fact that the world is not going to be able to see what she could have brought to everyone.”
Patrick also spoke to the judge before the sentence was determined. He said, “Today is the just the start of the heeling process.”