Woman Wants Tougher Penalties For Hit-And-Run Crashes

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

A man who plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident will only spend six months in jail. Now some are afraid another hit and run suspect will get away.
Kareem Covington plead guilty Thursday to wanton endangerment charges for leaving the scene of an accident.
He reportedly ran over Marcus Miles with his car on Georgetown street last year.
Miles died instantly--Covington fled the scene in the same way.
But thanks to a plea bargain--and a downgrade of his charges--he'll only spend 6 months in jail. That upsets Diana Covington, Miles' fiance, "it wasn't long enough because he murdered my fiance". Thompson says that if Covington can kill and be free 6 months later, so might Connie Blount's killer.
The UK student was run over and left to die a few weeks ago.
Police have charged Shannon Houser in connection to the hit and run crash... but not with Blount's death. Already he's out on bond.
"They need to be put in jail, rather than just getting away with it", says Thompson. She adds that she hopes Blount's case doesn't end like Miles' and says her heart goes out to the blount family.

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  • by green on Apr 29, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    6 months for killing someone, that is crazy. How can we deter people from fleeing the scene if they know they can just get a "deal" and get off easy?
  • by Gil Location: Richmond on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    This is not a racial issue as you can see the fiancee of Marcus Miles is white. This is a failure in our laws and needs to fixed. Let us come together and focus on the law and stop being so narrow minded as to jump on the racial bandwagon.
  • by Kim Location: MT.Sterling on Apr 27, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    I agree with you 100%. Where are the victom's rights. I'm sorry to tell everyone, but we no longer have any right's as far as were concerned. the one who did it to us has more right's than we do. And that's a joke. I hope everyone out there never has to go threw what we do every day.God bless you and try to stay strong. WHERE ARE OUR RIGHTS. And they wonder why so many people don't trust the system anymore.
  • by Gibson Location: Lexington, KY on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    I agree with Mark. A person killed a UK student last spring while driving recklessly on New Circle road in the spring of 07. That person got nothing. Everyone there said he was driving recklessly and nothing happened. I guess the person driving recklessly and the person he killed was colored. I guess it's the same case here. You are right any traffic related accident, if yo uwere driving recklessly, you must do the time behind bars, a minimum of 15 - 20 years in prison. That won't bring the person back, but it will make people think when they are driving recklessly and weaving in between cars just to get ahead by one spot. Remember, you are in a car. You can kill someone walking on the street, you can kill people around you. Most people do not think when they drive. Please... Please... people, be careful who you vote for into office. Vote for a new Commonwealth Attorney, it's about time things changed in Kentucky. It's time for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Mark Appleton Location: Louisville KY on Apr 27, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    The homicide statutes need to be changed to add a section death by car. Dead is dead, whether you shot them with agun or hit them with your car. Anyone found guilty should get 20 years!
  • by lonewolf2 Location: kentucky on Apr 26, 2008 at 07:01 PM
    6 months for a life wheres the justice these days you take a life an get slapped on the wrist add a 0 on the 6 an 60yrs woulnt be enough time for murder just my thought though
  • by Offended Location: Lexington on Apr 26, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    This news story is so deeply offensive. Who is stupid enough to think that the hit-and-run driver of a pretty white UK coed is going to get away with less than the maximum sentence allowed by the law? No one has yet said the obvious. When a BLACK man gets ran over and killed, the penalty is only six months. That is the value our society places on his life. Sit back and see what the penalty will be in the Connie Blount case. Similar examples happen somewhere in the US every single day. Racism and injustice is truly alive and well in 2008. When is fairness and equal sentencing going to finally happen?
  • by Gibson Location: Lex, KY on Apr 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM
    The only way that laws can change is the people of kentucky need to step up and help change the laws. This fellow probably won't even spend 6 months in jail, he will get out in 3 months for good behavior or something.
  • by blah blah blah Location: eastern ky on Apr 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM
    this woman has the right idea if we all would stick together an let our voices be heard maybe we could get stricter laws passed on this people killing people an THEY usually walk its a sad time when you can kill a innocent person an get out on $3100.00 bond WHAT A TIME WE LIVE IN
  • by Dubya Location: Georgetown on Apr 26, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    The justice system in Kentucky doesn't seem to put much penalty towards automobile related deaths. It needs to change and only the people of Kentucky can change the laws to make them more strict.
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