We often hear from crime victims who don't believe punishments go far enough but the victim of a drunken hit-and-run driver says that’s not true in his case.
Joslyn Castle hosted a Classic Car show last weekend but David Criser, who is used to winning car show trophies, couldn’t participate. His ’46 Chevy pickup was out of commission. It was decommissioned in March when Joseph Linhart rear-ended the restored classic and ran. David was at the wheel when the crash happened.
Linhart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI resulting in two days in jail, a year of probation, loss of license for a year and 12-hours of community service.
David Criser said, “I think the punishment was right. I've watched Lockup enough that I wouldn't want him in a place like that.”
Linhart’s insurance covered the $15,000 it cost to fix the truck.
Criser said, “If he can learn from this, they, I believe that's the best they could have given him."
Criser understands that accidents can happen but leaving an accident scene is another matter.
David said, “The part that still bugs me the most is running away from the accident."
Justice moved faster than a 1946 Chevy pickup truck in this case. The court business is finished but the truck is still in the shop awaiting new paint.
Criser said, “I’m hoping to get the last fling until spring in."