An elderly driver will not go to jail for running down a construction worker.
John Matten, 78, of Newport, hit and killed Zachariah Brown, 33, three years ago. Brown was directing traffic on Route 14 in Newport.
Matten pleaded guilty to gross negligent operation, death resulting.
The judge reluctantly sentenced him to a three-year deferred sentence, due to Matten's age and his overall health. Matten will not be allowed to drive a car during those three years.
Traffic flagger killed in Newport crash
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