BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)- The teenager who was behind the wheel, under the influence of several drugs, when he crashed and killed a man on a motorcycle, was sentenced on Friday.

Joshua Wittig, 19, was sentenced to ten years and six months in jail. Wittig was convicted in May of vehicular homicide under intoxication.

John Hines, 33, was killed when Wittig’s SUV crossed over traffic, colliding head on with Hines.

The judge said Wittig should have never been behind the wheel of a car with the toxic combination of drugs in his system including Xanax, marijuana, Percocet and Valium.

joshua wittig Family Of Killed Motorcyclist Reacts To Sentencing Of Driver

Joshua Wittig (Thornton Police Department)

The judge also said the police interview with Wittig showed that he had little remorse.

Wittig addressed that interview during his sentencing. He said, “Some of you think I’m horrible. When I saw those interviews in court, I thought so too. But the person I am standing here is who I am. I wish I had passed away that night, not John Hines. I think about John Hines every day and his family.”

Hines left behind a daughter, Olivia, who was just two years old at the time of the crash. The rest of his family is devastated.

“Live your life now and live it the way you want to live it,” said Hines’ sister Cara.

Comments (7)
  1. supername says:

    aww, that was sure nice of the kid to read the “regret” speech that his lawyers wrote for him…

  2. swarley says:

    So he killed a man and showed no remorse and got 10 years. Gotta love liberal judges. Hines had a good 45 years left to live. 45 years is what Wittig should have gotten at a minimum!!

  3. j says:

    Jesus Christ, people! It positively floors me how heartless some of you are.

    1. narkos says:

      Heartless like the murderer who deliberately drove around dozed on weed and opiates? Or heartless like a phony apology from someone who wishes he was dead so he wouldn’t have to face sentencing for what he did? I

  4. MD says:

    There’s nothing “heartless” about it. Mr Wittig chose a course of action without any regard for anyone around him. It appears that he is indifferent to the consequences of his actions. That appears more “heartless” to me than someone advocating a longer prison term . At 19, I believe that most people know the difference between right and wrong.

  5. Ann S. says:

    My brother and sister-in-law were killed in Jan 2010 by a drunk driver and he
    only got 4 years. They never get the sentence they deserve but they will never forget their voctoms.

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