A Cantonment man was convicted Thursday in connection hitting two juveniles along with his SUV final yr on Quintette Highway, killing certainly one of them.
Robert William Etheridge II, 59, was discovered responsible of 1 depend of leaving the scene of a crash involving a dying and one depend of leaving the scene of a crash involving severe bodily damage. He faces a most of 30 years in jail when he’s sentenced on August 13.
About 8 p.m. on April 6, 2020, 12-year previous Hailey Locke and 13-year previous Rylee Simmons, each college students at Ransom Center Faculty, had been on Quintette Highway approaching Carrington Lake Boulevard once they had been struck by a Ford Escape pushed by Etheridge. Troopers mentioned he fled the scene and referred to as the FHP about 24 minutes later to say he thought he had hit a deer.
The windshield was cracked within the crash, however not sufficient to obscure the driving force’s view, in line with an arrest report. The realm by which the collision occurred was lit with a number of overhead lights, the climate was clear and there was a full moon, FHP mentioned.
When regulation enforcement responded to his dwelling, Etheridge confirmed indicators of intoxication. The jury decided by their verdict that Etheridge knew, or ought to have identified, that he had collided with individuals and left the scene of the crash.
Rylee was faraway from a life help slightly over every week later after his organs had been donated.
Pictured prime: Rylee Simmons, 13. Photograph offered by household for NorthEscambia.com. Pictured beneath: The crash scene on April 6, 2020. NorthEscambia.com photographs.