St. Croix man gets probation for 2013 hit-and-run


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ST. CROIX - The 28-year-old man convicted of a hitting a road worker with his vehicle in April 2013 and fleeing the scene of the accident has been sentenced to probation in the crime.

Donald Bough Jr., of Estate St. John, appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.

Bough was arrested in August - four months after the auto-pedestrian collision that took place about 1:41 a.m. April 11, 2013, near Beeston Hill. He was charged with negligent driving, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

Bough initially pleaded not guilty, but in January, he accepted an offer from prosecutors that allowed him to avoid a jury trial and enter a plea of guilty to negligent driving and failure to report an accident.

In exchange for the plea agreement, the remaining charges were dismissed, and prosecutors agreed to recommend a period of probation in the case.

According to an affidavit filed in court by V.I. Police Officer Jamale Griffin, he was dispatched to the hit-and-run traffic accident following the crash.

Griffin said when he arrived, he spoke with witnesses who told him that road construction workers were doing work on Queen Mary Highway in the area of the Queste Verde intersection when the witnesses heard the sounds of screeching tires, followed by the sound of a crash.

When the road workers went to see what had happened, they saw a 56-year-old co-worker who had been directing traffic with the flag injured off to the side of the road and a car was over him, according to Griffin's report.

Griffin said one witness said he saw a man, now identified as Bough, and a woman get out of the car, and after talking amongst themselves, they both jumped back into the silver Jeep Liberty and left the area without rendering any assistance to the injured pedestrian.

The witnesses said the flagman had a laceration to his head, and another co-worker removed his shirt and put it on the victim's head and applied pressure to stop the bleeding, according to the police report.

Witnesses saw the license plate number of the Jeep, and Griffin found the owner of the vehicle to be Bough, Griffin said.

Bough was arrested and released after posting 10 percent of bail, which had been set at $10,000.

As a condition of the plea agreement, Bough reserves his right to petition the court to expunge his criminal record once the case has been resolved.

Despite the plea, Bough faced a prison sentence of up to 18 months; he faced more than six years on the original charges.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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