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Washingtonville man sentenced for deadly hit and run accident

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LISBON, Ohio - The family of a young Salem girl killed in a hit and run accident in 2012, breaks down in court as the driver of the pickup truck that struck her learns his sentence.

Todd Roberts, 29, of Washingtonville, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

The plea deal he accepted on Friday solidifies a four year prison stay, followed by four years probation.

"I'm sorry that I left her on the side of the road, I'm sorry that everything happened the way it happened," Roberts said in open court.

The 9-year-old Olivia Thompson was fatally struck in November of 2012 along State Street in downtown Salem while leaving the Dollar General store.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike suspended Roberts' license for the next 10 years. As a part of his sentence, Roberts will be required to complete nine speaking engagements at local schools upon his release.

The Thompsons tell 21 News, they don't believe Roberts' apology was sincere, as they continue to suffer heartache.

Billy Thompson provided a statement to the court and he directed the majority of his message to Roberts, telling him he took something that could never be replaced.

"You took my heart, you took my soul, you took my light," Thompson says.

Olivia's mother Beth says four years in prison will never compare to a lifetime without her daughter.

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