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GI man sentenced in 2020 crash that partially paralyzed teen

Luis Ruiz was sentenced to 4 years for a hit & run accident in Grand Island.
Luis Ruiz was sentenced to 4 years for a hit & run accident in Grand Island.(Hall County Jail)
Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man has been sentenced for an accident that left a 13-year-old seriously injured back in September of last year.

According the Hall County District Court records, Luis Ruiz, 22, was sentenced Thursday to 4 years in prison on a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid following a personal injury accident. He also received 90 days for a charge of willful reckless driving and 3 years for DUI- causing serious bodily injury. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Ruiz’s driver’s license has also been revoked for a period of 15 years following his release. He has also been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine as well as 24 months post-release supervision.

Ruiz had faced two 2nd degree felony assault charges, but those were dropped as part of a plea deal. On March 16, 2021, Ruiz pleaded no contest to the three remaining charges.

This all stems from an accident that happened around 6:30 a.m. September 5 at the corner of Anderson Avenue and South Locust Street.

According to Grand Island Police, a white 2012 Chrysler 300 was westbound on Anderson Avenue when it drove through a stop sign and struck the passenger side of a northbound silver 2014 Ford Escape driven by Brandy Atkinson, of Grand Island. Atkinson’s 13-year-old daughter Samantha was riding on the passenger side. She was badly injured, sustaining a severed spine and internal injuries. She’s paralyzed from the waist down.

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