On Thursday, February 6th, a Miami man responsible for causing three fatalities in a violent hit and run accident in 2011 has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Earlier in January, Cedric Williams, age 52, pleaded guilty to the offense as jurors deliberated and made an apology to the families of the victims. In addition to his prison sentence, Williams will serve 10 years’ probation upon his release.
Following the fatal traffic accident, Williams admitted to police that he was under the influence of alcohol and also driving with an expired license and tag. He was attempting to evade police when he crashed into another vehicle. Robert Wissler, age 25, was driving his Honda Civic when Williams, driving a van at a high rate of speed, passed through a red light and slammed into him.
After the crash, witnesses told police they saw the driver of the van flee on foot into a nearby neighborhood. Dean Wissler, Robert’s father, explained how his son had been on a date earlier in the night and that two passengers; Lindsey Ennis, age 20 of Duluth, GA, and Kayla Elizabeth Bain, of Putnam Station, NY, were visiting Miami. All three were killed in the collision.
The fourth passenger in the car, Robert Judd, age 69, of North Miami Beach, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. After the accident, local police officers surrounded William’s home for several hours until his family members eventually convinced him to give himself up.