A man accused of hitting a Shaker Heights teacher with his car and leaving the victim to die has pleaded guilty on Monday.
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Derick Ward, 45, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the hit-and-run death of James Caffery the evening of Jan. 24.
Caffery, who was jogging along South Park Boulevard, was a 5th-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School.
After hitting Caffery, police said Ward fled the scene on foot.
Ward had a suspended driver's license at the time of the crash, according to police.
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The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said Ward will be sentenced on Oct. 28 and faces up to 14 years in prison.
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