Teen gets detention, probation in hit-and-run accident
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
By STEPHANIE RICE, Columbian Staff Writer
"You're not a bad boy; you did a very bad thing. You showed very poor judgment."
-Clark County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Collier
Aleksandr O. Kutyrev was sentenced Wednesday to 25 days in the juvenile detention center for driving away after he accidentally struck a 7-year-old bicyclist last summer.
Clark County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Collier also ordered Kutyrev, 15, to complete 120 hours of community supervision and be on probation for one year.
Kutyrev pleaded guilty Jan. 3 to hit-and-run, driving without a license and taking his parents' truck without permission.
Trevor Wagner was seriously injured in the Aug. 24 collision near 3700 N.E. 132nd Ave. and was hospitalized for nearly a month. Surgeons had to remove a blood clot from his brain and he had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat, his mother, Heather Worley, said Wednesday.
Kutyrev apologized to Trevor's parents during the court hearing.
Collier received a stack of letters from Kutyrev supporters describing the teenager as a smart, responsible and considerate young man.
"You're not a bad boy; you did a very bad thing," Collier said. "You showed very poor judgment."
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Rick Olson said officers from the Vancouver Police Department spent an estimated 200 hours tracking down Kutryev, which they were able to do because a mirror that fell off his parent's Nissan Frontier truck and was found at the scene.
Collier told Kutyrev that all of the time and energy spent tracking him down "is something you'll never repay" the community.
"I want you to learn from this and never be here again," Collier said.
With credit for good behavior, Kutyrev will be out of the detention center in 20 days.
Kutyrev's 12-year-old brother, who was with him when he struck Trevor, was sentenced Dec. 21 to 24 hours of community service.