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Va. man ordered to pay more than $25,000 to couple injured in crash

May 07, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Germantown, Md., couple was in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday seeking restitution from a Virginia man who injured them in a crash last year.

Jose and Maria Rivas were injured Feb. 14, 2011, when their vehicle was struck head-on by one driven by Ricky Joe Ritchie, 52, of Fulks Run, Va., according to the application for statement of charges filed by Maryland State Police. The crash occurred as Ritchie was going the wrong way on U.S. 340 near Kept Tryst Road, the document said.

Ritchie was flown to Meritus Medical Center, while Maria Rivas was taken there by ambulance and Jose Rivas was taken to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital, the charging document said.

“It’s not fair that he has been free now for more than a year and we have received no money,” Jose Rivas said through a court interpreter.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. granted a criminal judgment against Ritchie for $25,423.92, ordering him to pay the sum by thirds over the next three years.

Ritchie did not contest the judgment at the hearing.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said afterward that the restitution hearing was delayed from last year to finalize the amount owed and to not interfere with any possible civil action. The restitution figure was for medical costs and lost wages, but not for any pain and suffering, he said.

Ritchie, who originally was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault last year and was given a five-year suspended sentence and three years on probation, court records show.

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