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Prosecutor: Man walked by pickup as driver burned to death

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 8/13/2019 Kevin Grasha
a man sitting at a table in front of a window: Ronald Williams, his face in his hands, leans against the jury box in Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Foley's courtroom, as the mother of the man who died in a crash Williams caused talks about her son. © Enquirer/Kevin Grasha Ronald Williams, his face in his hands, leans against the jury box in Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Foley's courtroom, as the mother of the man who died in a crash Williams caused talks about her son.

Ronald Williams didn't have a driver's license when he stopped in the middle of Interstate 275 last year, causing a crash in which a man burned to death.

Williams, who is 40, has never had a driver's license, prosecutors said, although he briefly had a learner's permit. 

Williams was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. He pleaded guilty last month in in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to aggravated vehicular homicide and failing to stop after an accident.

Vincent Hobbs, 46, of Hamilton was killed in the June 2018 crash, which happened in Springdale.

a monkey looking at the camera: Vincent Hobbs © Provided/Hobbs' family Vincent Hobbs

Hobbs' pickup struck the back of Williams' SUV. Officials said one semitrailer was able to swerve out of the way, avoiding the pickup. But a second semitrailer then slammed into it, officials said, trapping Hobbs inside.

Police said Williams then drove about 150 yards down the interstate and pulled off to the side. 

That fact conflicted with Williams' statements to probation officials in recent weeks that he stopped because there was something wrong with his vehicle.

"I didn't stop just to be stopping," he said in court. "I'm truly, truly, truly, truly sorry."

Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Schrimpf said a video from the scene showed Williams walking by Hobbs' pickup as he was burning to death.

As part of the sentence Judge Patrick Foley said Williams will never be able to apply for a driver's license.

"You have shown that you have no concern for the rest of society," Foley told him, "by your lack of interest in getting any kind of driver's license."

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Prosecutor: Man walked by pickup as driver burned to death

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