A West Virginia man was sentenced Tuesday (March 6) to 12 months in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center for crossing the center line on Route 15 and causing the crash that killed 29-year-old Michael Anthony Larrick.
Jimmy Hartman, 22, was convicted of one count of reckless driving for causing the crash in the morning of March 22, 2017. Hartman was driving north on Route 15 near Montresor Road when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a Subaru being driven by Larrick.
No alcohol or other drugs were found in Hartman’s system, but he admitted to deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office that he “fell asleep for a second” before the crash. Hartman said he was extremely tired because he hadn’t been getting sleep because of his job.
Jimmy Hartman, 22, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, for sentencing on one count of reckless driving. Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. sentenced Hartman to serve twelve months in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
Larrick worked in the IT field and had been married five months before the accident. Seven witnesses testified for the Commonwealth at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. The victim’s family and friends spoke about how this tragedy has impacted their lives. The victim’s mother asked Hartman to look behind him in the courtroom at the more than thirty friends and family who were in attendance. These our family and friends, she said. “These are my children. There’s one missing,” said the victim’s mother. When the victim’s wife took the stand, she forgave Hartman and asked him to live the best life he could. She asked the court to include community service to victims and other young adults as part of Hartman’s sentence.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan W. Perry, asked the court to craft a sentence that would send a message to other drivers that their choices have consequences and there is a cost for their actions.
“When [Hartman] got behind the wheel of that car he made a choice. It was his actions that caused this,” Perry said. “This has to be a sentence that not only punishes for the loss inflicted but also sends a message to every other driver in the Commonwealth.”
Before pronouncing a sentence, Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. addressed everyone in the courtroom. “Justice and fairness are impossible reaches in many cases and in this case,” Fleming said. Hartman’s conduct “unintentionally and unlawfully” had a far-reaching, severe and negative impact. Fleming acknowledged that the victim impact testimony was “compelling, persuasive, profound, and heart-wrenching,” and that this case should serve as a “cautionary tale” for anyone who makes choices to get behind the wheel of a car when they are fatigued.
In addition to the jail sentence, Judge Fleming imposed a $2,500 suspended fine, placed Hartman on supervised probation for 12 months and ordered him to participate as a speaker in the counties Victim Impact Panel program every month for 12 months upon his release from jail. Hartman driver’s license is suspended for six months.