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Man sentenced to 12 years in Denver hit-and-run crash that killed Uber passenger

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 14:19:41-05

DENVER – A man who plead guilty last November to a hit-and-run crash that killed an Uber passenger and injured the driver was sentenced Friday to 12 years in the Department of Corrections and five years of parole.

The announcement by the Denver District Attorney’s Office in the case of 21-year-old Adrian Valdez-Refugio came three months after he pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide – DUI and one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

In the morning of September 17, 2017, Valdez-Refugio was driving near 14th Avenue and Franklin Street when he crashed into an Uber vehicle, killing the 37-year-old passenger Maroun Khater .

Valdez-Refugio fled the scene of the accident on foot and was arrested later at his home. Police say he exhibited signs of impairment when he was located.

Khater was from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He was born in Lebanon and came to the United States in 1985, according to his obituary.