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Cory Kennedy, a popular pro skateboarder who has appeared in the films “Pretty Sweet” and “Beware of Sasquatch,” has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with a fatal DUI crash.
Kennedy, 27, was behind the wheel Aug. 30, 2017, when his vehicle smashed into two trees, resulting in the death of one of his passengers and injuries to another passenger, Seattle’s Q13 FOX reported.
Famous skateboarder gets 4 years in prison for fatal Vashon Island crash https://t.co/80GCoxOfoi
— #Q13FOX (@Q13FOX) September 1, 2018
“Mr. Kennedy might be a talented athlete and a good person, but on Aug. 30, 2017, he was selfish and irresponsible,” Amy Freedheim, a deputy prosecuting attorney with King County, said in court, according to Seattle’s KIRO-TV.
“Mr. Kennedy might be a talented athlete and a good person, but on Aug. 30, 2017, he was selfish and irresponsible.”
“This will forever be the biggest mistake of my life,” Kennedy said at Friday’s sentencing hearing, the station reported.
“This will forever be the biggest mistake of my life.”
The crash occurred on Vashon Island in Washington state, about 17 miles south of downtown Seattle. Kennedy was a former resident of the island and was familiar with the curves of the road, the Seattle Times reported.
The driver was found to have been drunk and high at the time, the station reported. He was subsequently charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Penalties are often light for those who drive & text. Public perception toward texting and driving needs to change, says Prosecutor Amy Freedheim. “All it takes is just a moment of drift and you’ve altered your life, and you’ve ended somebody else’s life.” https://t.co/hXFRabcpvA pic.twitter.com/8TUxIir6aP
— King Co Prosecutor (@KCProsecutor) February 6, 2018
The passenger killed in the crash was identified as Preston “P-Stone” Maigetter, 45, a husband and father of two, the report said. Maigetter, a friend of Kennedy’s, made videos of skateboarders and worked for Thrasher magazine, which covers the sport.
In addition to his prison sentence, Kennedy will be placed under “home monitoring” for about a year after he is released, the report said.
Police responding to the crash scene found empty beer cans inside the vehicle, the report said. Kennedy was found to have consumed alcohol and marijuana, and reportedly admitted to police that he had been speeding.
In addition, court records show that Kennedy has a history of receiving speeding tickets.