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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Alan Vargas, Drunk Driver Who Hit 9-Year-Old Ryan White, Sentenced to Jail

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Ryan White's parents say they are satisfied with the punishment handed down to Alan Vargas, the 22-year-old Bay Area man who recklessly hit their 9-year-old son as he crossed Mission Street after a Giants game last summer.

Vargas was sentenced today to one year in county jail and 100 hours of community service, where he will have to speak to youth about his fateful decision to drink and drive. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the family.

 On Aug. 4, 2011, Vargas was driving in the wrong direction on New Montgomery -- a one-way street -- when he did a quick westbound turn and hit White, who had been visiting San Francisco from Pennsylvania to watch the Giants play his home team, the Phillies. After Vargas hit the boy, he drove off, and continued hitting more cars, both moving and parked.

Police arrested him a few hours later in Hayward.

White was rushed to the hospital and remained in critical condition as he suffered from serious fractures to his pelvis, left leg, and ankle, a laceration to his liver, and a traumatic brain injury. His family issued a statement today, giving an update on the boy's medical condition.

We would have liked to have been in San Francisco today for this sentencing, but Ryan will undergo his 4th surgery this Friday in Philadelphia so we were unable to travel at this time. Most of Ryan's injuries have healed but he still has a major medical issue which has yet to be resolved. It has been a difficult 8 months. In this day and age, most defendants deny any wrongdoing. We are pleased that Mr. Vargas admitted his guilt and wants to take responsibility for his actions. It helps us to know that he is sorry, which will make it easier for us to move forward.
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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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