CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The driver convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and fatally hitting a 21-year-old woman riding an electric scooter was sentenced Thursday.
Scott McHugh was sentenced to eight years in prison for the August 2018 incident.
McHugh was high on heroin when he hit and killed Jenasia Summers in August 2018. Summers was riding an ICON G electric scooter on East 9th Street near St. Clair Avenue when she was hit by McHugh’s Chevy Cruze.
Crash investigators say McHugh was driving in excess of the posted 25 MPH speed limit. He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI.
During sentencing, McHugh apologized for his actions, but acknowledged that he knows that isn’t enough to heal the family’s pain.
“I deserve every amount of time that I get,” McHugh said.
Summers’ 12-year-old niece and mother addressed the courtroom with their emotionally moving victim impact statements.
“My daughter is no longer here and as a mother, I couldn’t fix it," Summers’ mother said while in tears. "But as the mother that I am, I always tried to fix it or make it right and this time I couldn’t.”
McHugh will also be on community supervision after his release and his driver’s license will be revoked for the rest of his life.