Man Surrenders In Ill. After Ft. Lauderdale Racing Deaths

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS4) — An Illinois man who pleaded guilty in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed two British businessmen in Fort Lauderdale but avoided a prison sentence, turned himself in Monday to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a separate parole violation.

Ryan LeVin, 36, surrendered at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, the Chicago Tribune reported. LeVin will remain there until his parole board hearing this summer.

LeVin pleaded guilty on June 3rd to two counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He was sentenced to two years of house arrest and ten years probation. LeVin also must never drive again and was ordered to immediately pay the amount of a confidential settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victims’ families.

The February 2009 crash killed 39-year-old Craig Elford and 48-year-old Kenneth Watkinson when they were struck by LeVin’s Porsche 911 Turbo along State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale. LeVin was racing the sports car when he lost control, careened onto the sidewalk and struck the two men just yards from the hotel where they were staying.

When the 2009 incident took place, LeVin was already on probation in Illinois for running over a Chicago police officer before a high-speed chase in 2006. Authorities in Illinois said he violated his probation when he traveled to Florida, and they’ll ask the parole board to imprison him again.

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