PORTLAND – The man who rear-ended a car on I-5 last August, killing the driver, will spend the next two years in jail and won't ever be allowed to get another driver's license.
Ronald Witt, 56, was driving with a revoked license when he hit and killed 52-year-old Thomas Swift of Vancouver, Wash.
In court Thursday, Witt was sentenced to 27 months in prison and 36 months parole for a felony charge of aggravated driving with a suspended license.
Swift lived on a quiet street in the Salmon Creek area of Clark County with his 87-year-old father and beloved dog, Duke. He loved to drive, and really enjoyed his delivery job for a document company, which also allowed him time to be home more.
Witt was driving a Ford F-150 when he rear-ended Swift's small Chevrolet coupe. Swift's car also hit another vehicle, causing a complete shutdown of I-5 for more than three hours.
Witt has a long history of driving-related convictions dating back more than 20 years. According to court records, he was convicted of driving while suspended in 2003. He was also convicted of driving while revoked twice, one of which was a class C felony.
Investigators said Witt was not drunk when he rear-ended Swift, although he does have a history of DUII arrests. He was convicted of DUII four times between 1995 and 2008.