Man sentenced to 30 years in deadly hit-and-run

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A convicted fatal hit and run driver stood up, faced a grieving family and said “I’m sorry”. It was all part of the man’s sentencing for running over and killing a 20 year-old Spring Valley man last October.

Convicted hit and run driver and ex-con Jason Palmer stared straight ahead as he waited to learn how much time he would spend in prison in connection with the death of Jacob Greenwald.

In the early hours of last October 27th, the 20 year-old was walking home from his job at a Spring Valley McDonalds when Palmer’s 2008 Toyota Forerunner veered onto the sidewalk striking and killing Greenwald. Palmer fled from the scene but was arrested shortly thereafter.

The license plate on his vehicle fell off during the collision allowing investigators to track him down.

Palmer is no stranger to the criminal justice system having been to prison three times.

In fact, he had just been released from prison three weeks before the fatal incident involving young Greenwald.

At the time of the fetal Spring Valley crash, investigators say they believed Palmer’s alleged use of drugs and alcohol was a factor in Greenwald’s death.

Palmer was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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