An Altoona man who fatally struck a pedestrian in Amery with his vehicle February 2018, then drove away from the scene, was sentenced Friday to serve eight years in prison.
Last December, Michael S. George, 60, 2320 Hillcrest Parkway, pleaded no contest to hit and run involving death in Polk County Court. George is already in Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun.
Judge Jeffery Anderson ordered the prison sentence, along with seven years of extended supervision. The prison sentence is consecutive to a sentence he is already serving from an Eau Claire County case; he still has one year left on that sentence.
Polk County District Attorney Jeff Kemp was pleased with the ruling, saying the lengthy sentence was warranted.
“It’s what I asked for,” Kemp said. “I think it was just the absolute lack of remorse, lack of empathy. When you hit someone, you need to stop. And he had plenty of chances.”
According to the police report, the crash happened at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2018, in Amery on Highway 46. Lisa Allen, 50, of Amery was crossing Keller Avenue when George’s car struck her, with her rolling onto the hood of his vehicle.
Allen was taken to an area hospital, and was transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where she died Feb. 11, 2018.
George briefly stopped his car before leaving the scene. Witnesses told police the driver’s license plate number. He stopped and handed Allen’s purse and scarf to the witness who had followed him after the crash, and George promised to return to the scene.
However, George was apprehended in Woodville more than two hours after the crash, and was taken to the Polk County Jail. When interviewed, he admitted to striking Allen, claiming she had jumped out in front of his vehicle. He said he stopped after driving around the block.
Anderson ordered restitution and court fees totaling $4,006. George cannot possess or use firearms. At a bond hearing last year, George was told to not operate a motor vehicle unless properly licensed and not to consume or possess alcohol. He was given credit for 69 days jail time already served.
Online court records show George was convicted of theft of personal property and identity theft in Eau Claire County in 2013. He was ordered to serve two years in prison.