Man sentenced to prison, probation in deadly hit-and-run

Published On: Apr 22 2014 03:57:12 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2014 05:52:54 PM CDT

A driver will spend more than two years in prison for his role in a deadly hit-and-run accident that killed a man riding a horse last summer.

A Sedgwick County judge sentenced George Childers to 28 months in prison for killing Lloyd Ferguson, 51, last July.  A six-year-old boy was also riding on the horse, and has suffered serious injuries from the crash.

In court Tuesday, Childers apologized to the victims and explained what happened the night of the accident.

"The streetlights were not working, making it very difficult to see," Childers said. "Everything happened so quickly as I came to realize what happened, I instantly panicked with great fear and confusion so I fled the scene of the accident."

Investigators found the car involved in the accident days later. It came from a Crimestoppers tip. 

Childers was originally arrested alongside Saquaya White last November. He was accused of leaving the scene, which he later pleaded guilty to in court. White was accused of hiding the car afterwards.

Two others were charged in the case. Elease Childers , 29, and Colleen Fisher , 19, were charged with interference with law enforcement.

All four were originally arrested in August 2013, but released for lack of evidence. Prosecutors then re-arrested and charged them in November 2013.

Judge Joe Kisner said Childers has a history of traffic violations and misdemeanors. At the time of the accident, he did not have a driver's license or car insurance. 

Childers will serve 12 months probation once he's released.