Roanoke man sentenced to 8 months in jail for 2017 pedestrian death

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke man will spend 8 months in jail for hitting and killing a man along a Roanoke county road.

Evan Sarver was formally sentenced at a hearing in Roanoke County Circuit Court Friday. In addition to jail time, Sarver was also ordered to serve three years of probation.

Sarver, 23, entered a guilty plea in May to one count of involuntary DUI manslaughter. Police say he hit and killed Walter Ashley, 71, along Williamson Road on April 27, 2017.

In a previous court hearing, prosecutors said Sarver was heading home when he hit Ashley around 1 a.m. Sarver initially continued driving, prosecutors said, and later called his mother to say he believed he hit a deer.

Prosecutors said Sarver returned to Williamson Road with his mother, where he learned that Ashley had been hit. Although he initially denied drinking, prosecutors said an officer could smell alcohol on Sarver's breath and decided to administer a field sobriety test. Sarver failed the tests, prosecutors said, and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.12 when a breathalyzer test was administered more than three hours after the crash.

In court Friday Sarver said he drank five or six beers before leaving a gathering in Radford on the night of the crash. He was on his way home when he hit Ashley.

"There are consequences with every action and I'm prepared to face whatever the commonwealth has," Sarver told a judge, when asked what he believed the appropriate punishment would be for his crime.

After the hearing Ashley's widow, Carlissa Brooks-Ashley, told WDBJ7 she was satisfied with the outcome.

"I prepared myself from the beginning that he probably wouldn't get any jail time," Brooks-Ashley said. "I was surprised that he got the eight months. I don't have any negative feelings about it.."