(Rubicon) A Juneau man was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison for not having a valid driver’s license at the time of a fatal crash three years ago. In July, Robert Underwood was found guilty on two felony counts of Knowingly Operate a Vehicle While Suspended Causing Death and Causing Great Bodily Harm.
Underwood was driving a Land Rover on State Highway 60 in September of 2017 when he crossed the centerline and struck a passing Chevrolet Trax. The Chevrolet’s driver, Beverly Vincent, was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger, Bryan Vincent, was flown from the scene with serious injuries. Underwood told investigators that he was coughing and choking which led him to abruptly cross the centerline.
It was also revealed that Underwood’s license was suspended at the time of the crash because of a speeding ticket. The 49-year-old said he had paid the fine but when he went to have his license reinstated the line was (quote) “crazy long” and he had an errand to run so he just left. Over a year after the fatal crash, Underwood caused a two vehicle accident that injured three people.
At sentencing, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said the defendant always has a convenient excuse for the harm he causes. He said Underwood is a con-man who will say and do anything to avoid responsibility. Underwood was also placed on extended supervision for five years.