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Akron man sentenced to 12 years in prison for fatal hit-skip

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 17:54:02-05

AKRON, Ohio — A 27-year-old Akron man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a hit-skip crash on Dec. 30, 2018 that left two people dead, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sirvonte De Romeo Rice was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger east on Lindsay Avenue at nearly 90 miles per hour, according to court records. Rice failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala traveling north on Virginia Avenue.

The driver of the Impala, Nicholas Bobo Jr., 34, and his passenger, Arielle Davis, 28, both from Akron, were both ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. Bobo was pronounced dead at the scene by the Summit County Coroner’s Office. Davis was transported to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

A 26-year-old Akron woman was originally identified by OSHP identified as the driver of the Charger. Officials said she initially lied to investigators by saying she was the driver but was convinced to tell the truth that she was the passenger. Rice was driving under suspension at the time of the fatal crash. He later turned himself in to police.

On Monday, Rice pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and one count of failure to stop after an accident. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Rice must serve a minimum of eight years in prison before being eligible to file for judicial release and his license will be suspended for 15 years, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

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