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Driver in fatal hit and run sentenced to 6 months behind bars, 2 years probation

Matthew Kennedy has been sentenced to six months in jail. Facebook/Matt Kennedy

A 27-year-old man who left the scene of a fatal crash in Dartmouth two years ago has been sentenced to six months in jail and two years probation.

Matthew Gerald Kennedy, a journalism student at Nova Scotia Community College, was driving to the school’s waterfront campus in Dartmouth when he struck Gary Rogers, 57, on the morning of Feb. 22, 2019.

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Rogers had been crossing the street when he was struck by the vehicle Kennedy was driving.

Kennedy then left the scene of the crash.

The 27-year-old was sentenced at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Friday.

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He had pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of justice.

In addition to the time in jail and a probationary period, Kennedy’s lawyer, Joel Pink, confirmed in an email to Global News that he is banned from driving during probation and will undergo a medical assessment and treatment as ordered by a probation officer.

He must also complete 100 hours of community service.

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