By MARLO BARNHART
A Hagerstown man who remained free for a year after the vehicle he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident near South Hagerstown High School was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail.
Harry Philip Maus Jr., 32, of 945 Rose Hill Ave., also was fined $500 for reckless driving.
He had pleaded guilty to one count of hit and run and one count of reckless driving.
The penalties were the maximum for each offense.
"Your actions on that night to cover up and conceal this act show an absolute disregard for other people's rights," said Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III.
Defense attorney Martin Palmer said Maus wished he could go back to that night but he can't.
"It was a dark night ... the victim was wearing dark clothes," Palmer said.
In exchange for Maus' two guilty pleas, charges of negligent homicide by auto, failure to render assistance to a victim, failure to report an accident, negligent driving and making an unsafe lane change were dismissed.