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Man Sentenced in Crash That Killed 7 Year Old
DAYTON -- Jessie Combs was sentenced to 6 months in jail for the accident that killed his girlfriend's son, Derek Whitaker, 7.
Combs, 24, was driving on Riverside Drive in April 2012 when he crashed into another car. Derek was in the back seat and not properly restrained. He died in the crash.
Combs pleaded guilty in July to negligent vehicular homicide. Today a judge sentenced him to 6 months in prison, but he will get credit for time served, so he will only spend another week and half behind bars. Combs must pay more than $4,000 in restitution that covers the headstone for Whitaker Jr. Plus, Combs drivers license is suspended for the next three years.
"Now I know he didn't do it intentionally. It was an accident obviously all I'm saying is if you would've taken five minutes of your time to look and I'll run that red light and make sure my son was buckled in he would be here today," said father Derek Whitaker Sr.
We asked both sides of the family if they thought the sentence was fair.
"Yes I do," said mother Nina Combs "He did technically break the law but he didn't do any intentional to my son. He was just doing his job as a stepfather to make sure my children got home from school that day. Unfortunately accidents happen."
"Honestly I don't know why they used their paper to write that up if you're going to give him six months and then give him credit; that's a waste of paper," said Whitaker Sr. "He should've at least did if not the max at least 12 months and lose his license five Years to life."
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