Man pleads guilty in deadly hit-skip of teacher

Posted: 12:37 PM, Sep 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-21 12:37:26-04

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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