No one knew that Michael W. Griffith’s last words would be to the 9-1-1 operator on February 4, 2010.
“I just got hit in the back end by a drunk,” Mr. Griffith.
Seconds later, the drunken driver fled the scene, striking Griffith with a Toyota 4Runner and dragging him for 175 feet along the road. The assistant prosecutor played the 9-1-1 recording in court and told the jurors that they pointed directly to Griffith’s killer. The jury returned five hours later with guilty verdicts against 20-year-old Ethan J. Kulasa for aggravated vehicular homicide, failing to stop after a crash and driving while intoxicated.
Judge Richard S. Sheward sentenced Kulasa to 10 years and six months in prison. Griffith’s family said the verdict is an answer to their prayers. “I pray this will be a message to kids, to adults, not to drink and drive,” said his widow, Linda Griffith.
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