Mark Skipper, driver in bus stop hit-and-run crash that injured 3 pedestrians, gets 6-year sentence

DENVER - A man who pleaded guilty to driving into pedestrians waiting at a Denver bus stop last July and then the leaving the scene, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Mark Skipper, 54, was charged with vehicular assault and violation of bail bond conditions. His sentence includes a three-year period of mandatory parole, said Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office.

On July 30, 2013, Skipper was driving a Saab hatchback westbound on East Colfax Avenue near Josephine Street when he lost control of the car he was driving and careened onto a sidewalk striking three pedestrians at the bus stop. Skipper crawled out of the passenger side window and fled the scene on foot.

Police soon identified Skipper as the suspect and he was arrested the next day.

One of the victims, whose legs were fractured during the wreck, wrote a letter to the judge, which was read aloud in court. The victim, who was not present due to injuries, wished that the court would impose the maximum sentence.

Skipper, having eight prior felony convictions, received the maximum sentence and will remain in the Colorado Department of Corrections to serve the sentence.

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