Household of victims converse at Johnson County man’s sentencing in hit-and-run

A 48-year-old Johnson County man who killed two younger males in a 2018 hit-and-run in Overland Park was sentenced Tuesday to almost 20 years in jail.

The sentencing was handed down in Johnson County District Court docket for Bradley E. Woodworth, who pleaded responsible to 2 prices of reckless second-degree homicide for his position within the crash. He was sentenced to 117 months in jail on every rely, to run consecutively for a complete of 234 months, or 19 and a half years.

The Oct. 6 wreck close to the intersection of 151st and Stearns streets killed 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey and 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr.

Over 50 of Bloskey’s family and friends stuffed two courtrooms in Johnson County District Court docket to push the choose at hand down an extended sentence than what prosecutors requested for in a plea settlement. The plea deal would have allowed Woodworth to serve each his sentences concurrently, making his jail time lower than 10 years.

Bloskey’s household and mates mentioned that wasn’t sufficient.

Twenty members of the family and mates made statements in courtroom, describing Bloskey as a fun-loving younger man who made everybody smile and really feel included. Others within the courtroom cried as audio system recounted reminiscences of Bloskey spending time on the household ranch and making family and friends snort at each outing. They lamented the milestones he’d miss out on, for himself and his family members.

Samuel Siebuhr, left, and Matthew Bloskey were killed in the Oct.  6, 2018 traffic crash in Overland Park.

Samuel Siebuhr, left, and Matthew Bloskey have been killed within the Oct. 6, 2018 visitors crash in Overland Park.

Bloskey did nothing incorrect whereas driving residence to organize for the Rockhurst Excessive College homecoming dance that night time in October 2018, they mentioned, and Woodworth deserved the longest potential sentence for taking two lives and fleeing the scene.

“You left my son, my lovely Matthew William, to die alone in his unrecognizable automobile in the midst of 151st Avenue,” Sally Bloskey, Matthew Bloskey’s mom, mentioned to Woodworth. “Who does this?”

Leaving the scene

In line with Johnson County District Court docket paperworka witness informed police {that a} van, pushed by Woodworth, and a Toyota Avalon, pushed by Siebuhr, have been dashing eastbound on 151st Avenue.

As they handed the witness in his car, the van and Toyota made contact with one another.

The Toyota spun uncontrolled, crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes of 151st Avenue, the place it struck a automobile on the motive force’s aspect and went sideways.

One other westbound car, a white Suzuki Vitara pushed by Bloskey, struck the Avalon on its passenger aspect, killing each younger males.

After the crash, Woodworth allegedly fled the scene. He was arrested a couple of week later.

‘Past simply reckless’

In his assertion, Woodworth apologized for his actions and mentioned he could not clarify why he had pushed recklessly that day. He and his lawyer identified that he had frolicked in remedy since then.

Decide Thomas Kelly Ryan mentioned he did not perceive why Woodworth could not discover a strategy to apologize or categorical regret to the victims’ households till the day of his sentencing. Whereas Woodworth fled the crash though recordings present he might hear sirens on the best way to his mother and father’ home, Ryan mentioned motorists who had nothing to do with the incident tried to drag our bodies from the wreck. He known as Woodworth’s actions “grievous, egregious” and “past simply reckless.”

After Decide Ryan handed down the longer sentence, Bloskey’s mother and father hugged household and mates exterior the courtroom.

“We did what we got here right here to do,” Sally Bloskey informed the gang. She thanked family members between sobs for his or her assist and help. Forward of the sentencing, Ryan mentioned he obtained round 100 written statements.

Outdoors the courthouse, Bloskey’s father mentioned he was happy that the choose listened to the sufferer influence statements and determined to impose the longer sentence.

“Within the closing evaluation, it doesn’t deliver again our son,” Jeff Bloskey mentioned. “Nothing ever will. However this does, in our opinion, punish this man. ”

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