Kevin Hart, pictured on the left, and Charles Mitts, on the right.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
A local man will pay the price for a deadly drag race with his freedom. 19-year-old Kevin Hart was drag racing against 20-year-old Charles Mitts last Thanksgiving when he collided with a vehicle driven by Darrell Hall. Friday, Hart was in court to learn his fate.
Hart was sentenced to 23 months behind bars for what prosecutors say was incredibly stupid choice. That's when investigators say he crashed into a car driven by Hall.
Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. Hall's widow, Laura Donna Hall was in the courtroom. She says the decision doesn't sit well with her, or her family. "Nothing will bring my husband back. I wouldn't be comfortable living the next five years knowing that this young man if he gets out in less than fifty-seven months."
Both the judge and the prosecutor say they hope this young man will learn from his horrible mistake. "You have a young man who's never had as much as a traffic ticket in his life . And by all accounts a good kid, has worked since he was sixteen, made the worst decision of his life and now two families are devistated," said Shiawassee County prosecutor Deana Finnegan.
Last year, Owosso City Police Chief Michael Compeau said 19-year-old Kevin Hart and 20-year-old Charles Mitts were in pick-up trucks and were allegedly drag racing north down North Shiawassee Street on Thursday around 12:15 p.m. when they struck a southbound Chevrolet Cobalt.
The victim killed in the Cobalt was 55-year-old Darrell Hall, of Owosso. Hall lived just a few blocks from the crash scene. Hall's son Dustin told TV5 last year that his father was making a quick stop at the grocery store before Thanksgiving Dinner.
Authorities said Charles Mitts fled the scene in his white Chevy S-10, but was later found by police and arrested.
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