Driver sentenced for hit-skip crash that killed prominent Cincinnati attorney

Driver sentenced for hit-skip crash that killed prominent Cincinnati attorney

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The man who pleaded guilty to charges in a hit-skip crash that killed a prominent Cincinnati attorney was sentenced to six years in prison.

Brandon Marksberry, 22, pleaded guilty in March to aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident when he hit 55-year-old Steven Adams.

A judge sentenced Marksberry to six years in prison on Wednesday.

Adams was cycling when a vehicle hit him but did not stop in the 4200 block of Eastern Avenue in Columbia Tusculum about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 1.

Hamilton County prosecutors have said Adams was still alive when Marksberry allegedly left the scene. They have questioned if Adams could have survived with more immediate medical attention.

Marksberry expressed remorse about that November morning while in court Wednesday.

“I would just like to say I’m sorry to the Adams family. It was a complete accident that happened that morning and I really wish that I could take it back. I know I was wrong for not stopping, but as Mr. Bennett (his attorney) said, I panicked.

“I really didn’t know what to do. Really just didn’t know what happened. And I really wish I could go back to that morning. Maybe I could have possibly saved his life. This is something I think about every morning, every night.

“It’s a weight that I’ll never be able to lift off my shoulders. I can’t say I’m sorry enough to the Adams family. I can only imagine what they are going through. And I really, really wish I could just take it back and never got behind the wheel that morning.”

Adams’ teenage son said he forgives Marksberry.

Adams graduated from NKU’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1991, according to the profile on his website. He began his legal career as an assistant prosecutor in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, where he stayed until 1999.

He had been in private practice focusing on criminal and DUI defense since 2000. Additionally, he was a board member for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association College.

Adams’s work in the community included serving on the boards of local charities and civic groups, the profile says, and as a volunteer with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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