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RV driver could draw 4 years for fleeing fatal crash

A 31-year-old driver who left the scene of a crash in which he was rear-ended pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen Superior Court.

Adam Hoot, of the 6700 block of Hunters Glen Drive, was driving an RV on Interstate 69 in March when a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Christopher Frey, 33, rear-ended the vehicle. Frey died at the crash scene, but Hoot continued on his way.

Hoot left the highway in the RV, described by police as a “party bus,” inspected the damage and then drove to Coldwater Road. He parked the RV, cleaned it up and got in another vehicle. Hoot then drove slowly past the crash scene, according to court documents.

Police later found that Frey’s vehicle struck the RV so hard that passengers in the RV were thrown from their seats and a woman suffered a back injury.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Hoot pleaded guilty to failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death and will be sentenced to no more than four years in prison.

His driver’s license and motor vehicle registration will be suspended between two and five years. He can serve the sentence in the Department of Correction, Community Corrections or work release, according to court documents. Hoot will be sentenced next month.

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