A 21-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash that led to the death of a Frankfort woman in 2017.
On Thursday, Will County Judge Dave Carlson sentenced Eduardo Avila Jr., of the 5600 block of South Menard Avenue in Chicago, to prison for failing to report the crash that caused the death of Tricia S. Hoyt, 35.
Avila pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 25 and faced up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors dropped another charge of failure to stop after causing a crash that involved a death.
“Our aggressive prosecution of this matter and today’s sentence sends the clear message that leaving the scene of a hit-and-run will bring severe consequences. This matter is heartbreaking for everyone involved,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a news release.
Hoyt’s body was found in the grass on the north side of Northeast Frontage Road between Venetian Road and Lawton Lane in Bolingbrook on Nov. 4, 2017. Bolingbrook police said Hoyt had been struck by a Honda Accord and identified Avila as the driver.
Avila surrendered about a week after the fatal crash occurred, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
“Sadly, no one will ever know whether Tricia Hoyt could have survived had authorities been contacted when the accident first occurred and had she not been left lying overnight in an isolated grassy area,” Glasgow said.
After Avila was sentenced by Carlson, he was taken to the Will County jail about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.