Man sentenced in Florida college student’s fatal hit-and-run

December 17, 2020 GMT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 26-year-old man who fatally struck a University of Central Florida student last year as she walked near campus was sentenced to more than a decade in prison Wednesday.

Yousuf Hasan received his 12-year term after pleading no contest in Orange County Court to one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving death, news outlets reported. Prosecutors dropped additional charges under a plea deal.

Hasan ran over a curb and hit London Harrell, 21, as she was walking home from a bar along a grass shoulder off the road in June 2019, authorities said. Her body hit his windshield, but Hasan kept driving and denied hitting her when he was questioned by law enforcement, according to Circuit Judge Elaine A. Barbour.


Harrell, a senior from Columbia, South Carolina, died days later from blunt trauma to her head.

“I wish it was me, not her,” Hasan said in court Wednesday, adding: “I will always hate myself for what happened.”

Hasan was arrested after authorities found him and his damaged car at a student apartment complex less than a mile from the crash scene. Police body camera footage obtained by the Orlando Sentinel showed Hasan failing a field sobriety test.

A breath test about five hours after the crash did not reveal alcohol in Hasan’s system, but blood tests detected the active ingredient in marijuana, the newspaper said.