MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The man responsible for three deaths in a violent hit and run accident at Miami intersection in 2011 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Last month Cedric Williams, 52, pleaded guilty as jurors were deliberating a verdict in his trial. Williams also apologized to the families of the victims.
In addition to his prison sentence, Williams will serve 10 years probation on his release.
Following the deadly crash, Williams admitted to police that he was under the influence of alcohol while driving with an expired license and tag. He was trying to get away from a police car when he crashed into another vehicle in the intersection of NE 2nd Avenue and 82nd Street in January, 2011.
Robert Wissler, 25, was behind the wheel of his Honda Civic when Williams, who was driving a van at a high rate of speed, ran a red light and plowed into him.
After the crash witnesses told police they saw the driver of the van limp away into a neighborhood.
Dean Wissler, Robert’s father, said his son had been on a date earlier in the night and that two of his passengers; Lindsey Ennis, 20 of Duluth, Ga., and Kayla Elizabeth Bain, of Putnam Station, NY, were visiting South Florida. All three were killed.
The fourth person in the car, Robert Judd, 69, of North Miami Beach, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
When Miami police went to William’s house, he refused to come out. Officers from Miami-Dade along with Miami police officers surrounded the home for several hours until his family members convinced Williams to surrender.
In the house, Williams reportedly confessed to his mother that he did it, saying ‘it happened so fast’.