Man gets 21 months in wreck that killed Leander firefighter
Mother of firefighter says his best friend 'intentionally left him to die'
Thursday, May 31, 2007
GEORGETOWN,TX — A driver who left his passenger fatally injured after a wreck last year was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in jail.
Earlier this month, Riley Shipman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, in 368th District Court.
Riley Shipman sentenced, 05.30.07
Shipman, 21, hit a tree on U.S. 183 in Leander TX on March 2, 2006, after he lost control of his pickup. He left an injured Steven Kincaid on the passenger side, according to court documents.
Shipman said Kincaid, a Leander firefighter, was not responsive when he fled on foot, according to court documents. Kincaid, 21, was dead when he was found by police.
A blood test taken by police hours later at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX showed that Shipman had alcohol in his system, according to court documents. Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley said the results could not be used to prosecute Shipman for driving while intoxicated, and he was given a lesser charge.
Shipman clutched a Bible and cried through most of the court proceedings. He stared at the ground, and his friends and family wept loudly as Kincaid's mother read a statement.
"You may not have willfully or intentionally killed (Steven), but you willfully and intentionally left him to die," Cynthia Kincaid said to Shipman after the sentencing. "If it were up to me, you would spend the rest of your life in prison."
The Kincaid family said the two were best friends.
The Shipman family declined to comment after the sentencing, and Shipman's lawyer could not be reached for comment.
This year, the Leander Fire Department and the Kincaid family started a scholarship for a Leander High School student who is pursuing a career in community service. It is $2,500, and it is awarded to a high school senior.
"We are fortunate to keep his spirit alive through this scholarship, but we still want people to learn to be careful," said Lauren Kincaid, Steven's sister.