Hit and Run Driver Loses Appeal

The hit and run driver who killed one spring breaker and critically injured two more at Panama City Beach wont be getting a new trial.

Ronald Arrowood already had three DUIs on his record when he slammed into the rear of a small car carrying Illinois spring breakers on Thomas Drive five years ago.

Arrowood drove away from the scene, but was captured a short time later. He was sentenced to life, but then won a new sentencing hearing from the District Court of Appeals. His sentence was reduced to 40 years in prison.

Arrowood has continued to try to win a new trial. Thursday the appeal court ruled against his request.

His prison release date is 2039.


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