Justice for hit and run victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - 16 year old Devaughn Moore of Buffalo has not been the same since he was struck by a car back in February while on his way to apply for a job at a coffee shop.  He suffered a traumatic brain injury.  “He had to learn to walk again.  He had to learn to talk again,” says his mother Rasheena Sturgis.

Sturgis made her comments outside an Erie County courtroom after the hit and run driver, 23 year old Kevin Ford, was sentenced to up to three years in prison for the crime.

Ford, a garbage collector for the city of Buffalo, and father of two children, had pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious physical injury.

“He left a 16 year old boy there to die,” said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

There had been no witnesses on that cold February night when Devaughn was struck on Main Street, but good solid police work led investigators to Ford.

Ford had the car reported as stolen and then had it torched in Niagara Falls. However, a piece of the 2006 Chevy Impala’s side view mirror had been recovered at the crime scene. Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Scott Lawida was able to track the evidence to the car owned by Ford’s girlfriend.  The initial read-out of possible cars fitting the description numbered about 500.

“Myself and officers from Amherst and Buffalo police went door to door,” said Lawida, “and we went to the door of one of the houses and the plate came back stolen, and we knew we were on to something.”

Kevin’s Ford’s relatives and friends were emotional after he was sentenced to prison.  Ford’s attorney said his client was repentant.  He had also pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and faces more charges in Niagara Falls of auto-stripping and arson.

Devaughn’s mother said  “He needs to pay for what he did, and anybody that hits someone and keep it moving, they never know.  He could have been dead out there.”

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