Family of hit and run victim angry over sentence

- The family of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash is in shock, after the person responsible for the death was sentenced to just six months in jail.

"We kind of felt she got a slap on the wrist," said Pilar Soto, who is outraged. 

Xianna Rodriguez was sentenced to six months in jail, after pleading guilty to hitting 29-year-old Paul Soto and taking off from the scene.

"I was angry. I felt in a way that my brother's life wasn't respected."

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol say Paul was riding his motorcycle on the Econ Trail when he was hit and killed.

"The first part was an accident, yes it was, but where she committed the crime is where she left him laying there."

Even though there's a mandatory four-year sentence for those convicted in fatal hit-and-run accidents, Rodriguez was sentenced as a youthful offender, despite being 18 years old at the time of the crash.

"The moment she decided to get in that vehicle and hit and leave him, she was thinking as an adult."

Troopers are also disappointed by the six-month sentence.

"The Highway Patrol was not invited to this hearing. I talked to the investigator today, and it's just a little bit concerning for any future cases," explained Sgt Kim Montes. "In this case, she didn't have a license, she should have never been behind the wheel, this crash shouldn't have never happened. We wonder why this wasn't taken into consideration also."

Pilar doesn't want another family to suffer like her's has.

"We've been talking about trying to find other resources to try to change the laws whatever we need to do to change it because it's not fair to the victims families."

She said her family will never be the same. 

"I miss him and I'll never be able to hear him again."

Paul leaves behind a young daughter.  We are  waiting for the State Attorney's office to tell us why Rodriguez was treated as a youthful offender rather than an adult.

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