Man who dragged stroller with van gets 30 days

A judge in Muskegon on Wednesday sentenced a van driver to 30 days in jail for failing to stop after hitting and dragging a stroller with an 18-month-old boy inside.
AP Wire
Jan 30, 2014

Antonio K. Raglin, 21, received the punishment from Muskegon County District Judge Andrew Wierengo III after pleading no contest to failure to stop at the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt and cannot be used as evidence in a civil case but allows a judge to convict and sentence a defendant.

Raglin has been in jail since Sept. 22, charged with lying to police in connection with the fatal shootings of three people outside the Muskegon Elks Charity Lodge. His trial in that case is scheduled Feb. 18.

In the case that led to Raglin's 30-day sentence, police say a woman was pushing a stroller on June 25, 2013, in Muskegon when a van that Raglin was driving backed into her and the child. The woman's knee was scraped, but the child wasn't hurt.

"The defendant's incredibly lucky that he did not kill anybody that day," Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Kragness said.

She said Raglin showed "absolute disregard" for the law and for the safety of others by knowingly driving away after the accident without finding out if anyone was badly hurt.

"There's zero evidence this individual didn't know he was involved in an accident," Kragness said.

Public defender Brian Hosticka said his client left because he was scared.

"He panicked," Hosticka said. "A passenger said when he realized this happened, he cried. He felt terrible this happened ... but he could see in the rearview mirror the woman had the baby. He said out the window, 'I'm sorry.'"

Raglin also has a conviction for felony marijuana distribution. He was sentenced to 18 months' probation in that case.

Comments

Truth Be Told

If he indeed knew he was dragging a child 30 days is an insult to his victim and justice.

Former Grandhavenite

That does seem like a pretty light sentence considering he could have very easily killed that kid. I wonder if the judge essentially just decided that since the guy has already been in jail since September, and will probably be doing more time for all the other charges pending against him, that it's not worth throwing the book at him over this one.

tetrahydra

He is going to be sitting in there til his trial anyway. Then hopefully the sent him to the penitentary.

Barry Soetoro

Good thing he didn't drag a dog - he'd be looking a life w/o parole.

echo5oscar

That is a scary truth. He probably would have received months for that.

TooMuch

Public defender Brian Hosticka said his client left because he was scared. Which means he knew he did it. I highly doubt this guy is scared of anything. He probably has a long laundry list of priors before this incident and we know what he did after. I hope Wierengo gave him the maximum no matter what else he has going on. What a dirt bag!!

Former Grandhavenite

I'm sure he was just scared that he'd miss the church picnic that afternoon if he didn't get over to the orphanage post haste with the toys that he was on his way to donate. I think he also saw a kitten trapped high on a tree branch down the block that needed to be rescued, so naturally he's going to be in a hurry when his passion is public service and there's a limited amount of time in which to do good deeds.

Lanivan

Thanks for the laughs.....I like your sense of satire, um, I mean humor!

Former Grandhavenite

My pleasure! We might be better off if our politics and the day to day news weren't completely packed to the gills with insanity and stupidity, but that wouldn't be half as much fun! I like your style too.

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