A professional skateboarding star was sentenced this week in connection with a 2017 crash that left a passenger dead and other seriously injured.
According to Fox News, 27-year-old Cory Kennedy was convicted of driving under the influence in a collision almost a year to the day before he was sentenced to four years behind bars.
He will face one year of in-home monitoring following his release.
Kennedy crashed his vehicle into two trees on Vashon Island in Washington, according to police. Kennedy had previously lived in the area a short distance from Seattle.
Investigators determined that he was impaired from alcohol and marijuana use at the time of the crash.
Police reports indicate he also admitted to officers that he had been speeding prior to losing control of the vehicle.
Following his arrest, he was found guilty of charges including vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Preston Maigetter, 45, was killed in the crash. His survivors include a wife and two children.
Prosecutors noted his skateboarding talent in arguing that he should face appropriate punishment for his actions.
“Mr. Kennedy might be a talented athlete and a good person, but on August 30, 2017, he was selfish and irresponsible,” said deputy prosecuting attorney Amy Freedheim.
When given the chance to address the court at his sentencing hearing, Kennedy acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
“This will forever be the biggest mistake of my life,” he said.
[Featured image: Cory Kennedy, Facebook]