Woman involved in West Valley hit and run sentenced

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -  The driver in a hit-and-run crash that left a 2-year-old boy dead in West Valley back in June was sentenced to jail for 30 days, followed by 36 months probation.

Kimberly Munoz was released from jail in January after serving two months.

“I know nothing can change what happened, but I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart and my heart goes out to your little angel,” said Kimberly Munoz in court Tuesday morning.

With tears of remorse Munoz apologized to the victims mother, Angela Barnett, and asked to hopefully one day be forgiven for not only hitting her son but leaving the scene of the accident that ultimately took the life of 2 year old Gavin Barnett. 

Unable to forgive Munoz, Barnett says she feels she is the one being punished by the law. “She went on with her life for 6 months until somebody turned her in or she would still be running. I know that crossing the street where I did at the time of night may have been a wrong choice. I did not deserve to lose my little boy and he did not deserve to lose his chance at life.” Said Barnett.

However, the state says Munoz is not to blame for the death of 2 year old Gavin, but rather leaving the scene of an accident and not turning herself in for 6 months.

“She made the choice to leave. I don’t think its right she's not being charged with my sons death, because when she hit my son that's how he died,” said Barnett.

“As the state explains and as the court does realize the child was in a place that the child should not have been at night at 10 p.m. in the dark where there was not a crossing mark on the street,” said Munoz’s attorney Bel-Ami De Montreux

Munoz has dodged five years in prison, but was taken in cuffs after court where she will serve an additional 30 days. Upon completion of that sentence she will serve 36 months probation.


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