Evansville man sentenced to 10 years in prison in fatal hit-and-run




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  • 2022-05-18 19:26:52Z
  • By The Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Evansville man convicted in a fatal hit and run was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Dylan Wayne Birdwell, 22, was arrested in July 2021 in connection with the death of 38-year-old Patrick Levell Adams.

Police said Birdwell intentionally hit Adams with his vehicle following a late-night altercation near the 1300 block of Florence Street.

An ambulance transported Adams to Deaconess Midtown, where he died from his injuries.

Birdwell pleaded guilty in April to one count of reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony, and one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Level 4 felony.

Original story: Evansville man arrested, accused of intentional hit-and-run that killed one

On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Celia Pauli sentenced Birdwell to serve 10 years in prison for the failure to remain at the scene charge, and also mandated he serve five years probation for the reckless homicide charge.

The probable cause affidavit filed against Birdwell details what witnesses reportedly saw in the moments leading up to the hit and run.

Witnesses told police Birdwell and another man he knew were arguing at the scene when bystanders told them to "cool off." Adams reportedly asked Birdwell if he was "good." Witnesses said Birdwell then "lunged at Adams and tackled him to the ground," according to the affidavit.

Affidavit: Evansville police outlines altercation leading up to deadly hit-and-run

Witnesses said Birdwell and another man were set to leave the area in separate vehicles when Adams reportedly threw an object at one of the men's cars. Birdwell then drove his car toward Adams, swerved and struck him, police said.

Houston Harwood can be contacted at walter.harwood@courierpress.com with story ideas and questions.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Crime: Man sentenced to prison in fatal Evansville hit-and-run

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