Man gets 90 days in jail for deadly head-on crash in Polk County

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BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who struck and killed a motorcyclist while trying to pass two cars on a rural road was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a year without driving.

The Ledger reports 33-year-old Jarrod Witt Lee was facing up to a year in jail Wednesday for culpable negligence in the 2017 death of motorcyclist Philip Brown.

Judge Larry Helms handed down a lesser sentence instead. Lee cannot drive during his year on probation.

Lee’s car hit the motorcycle head-on. The 40-year-old Brown was thrown from his bike and died.

Prosecutors were seeking a vehicular homicide conviction but jurors found Lee guilty of the lesser charge. The judge said the jury’s decision limited his sentencing options.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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