Video played major role in Newport hit-and-run conviction, prosecutor says
“If I had my way, he would have to serve the rest of his life,” the victim’s mother said.
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - The man convicted of killing a Northern Kentucky woman while she was riding her bike in Newport was sentenced by a Campbell County judge.
On Tuesday afternoon, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
According to Campbell County prosecutors, Phipps was driving on the 11th Street Bridge in Newport toward Covington when he struck San Miguel with his vehicle and left the scene before police could get there.
Newport police said investigators used security camera footage to identify the vehicle involved in the deadly hit-and-run.
Once police were able to identify the person associated with the vehicle, Phipps came to the station to confess.
In court on Tuesday, FOX19 NOW learned that Phipps had his license suspended before the crash and was not supposed to be after he had a DUI a month prior to the hit-and-run.
The 60-year-old was charged with manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of an accident on top of driving illegally.
Mike Zimmerman, with the Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, said the video was the key evidence in Phipps’s conviction.
“The video does show both Ms. San Miguel and her partner with the proper bike equipment with the lights,” Zimmerman said. “You’ll notice in the video other cars pass by them without incident. He should have never been behind the wheel of a car that night.”
While Phipps was sentenced to 10 years in prison, San Miguel’s mother says she does not believe the sentence was justifiable.
“At the same time, I’m pleased with it because it was the maximum sentence that was allowed,” said Cassie Imel, the victim’s mother. “If I had my way, he would have to serve the rest of his life because Gloria was only 32 years old. She gave the rest of her life - she didn’t get to live as long as Mark Phipps did.”
San Miguel’s former partner spoke about the fatal crash in front of the judge this afternoon and broke down into tears.
He did not want to go on camera for an interview, but FOX19 NOW spoke with him briefly. He said he is happy to have justice for the love of his life.
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