Community service for driver who hit, killed kids

The Springfield driver must also pay a fine

Lisa Hurlimann pays her respects in Springfield, Ore., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at a makeshift memorial at the site where three children were killed while trying to cross the street at 54th and Main Street on Sunday, Feb. 22. Hurlimann did not know the family but felt moved to come and honor them. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson)
Lisa Hurlimann pays her respects in Springfield, Ore., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at a makeshift memorial at the site where three children were killed while trying to cross the street at 54th and Main Street on Sunday, Feb. 22. Hurlimann did not know the family but felt moved to come and honor them. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – A man who ran a red light and crashed into a mother and three young children has been sentenced to pay a $435 fine, complete 200 hours of community service and take a driver’s safety course.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1QFqpKR ) a judge sentenced 68-year-old Larry LaThorpe Monday. LaThorpe pleaded no contest to a careless driving charge for killing the three children and injuring their mother while driving his pickup truck in February. The family had been walking in a Springfield crosswalk.

Evidence in the case did not support criminal charges.

The attorney for the children’s parents, Mike Arnold, says the parents did not feel like justice was served. Arnold is working with the victims’ family to prepare a potential lawsuit.

LaThorpe says he is sorry for what happened.

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