NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
Diogo Miller Facchini, 30, of Lorton, Va., was driving on Coastal Highway at 54th Street at about 1:20 a.m. when he struck Matthew Jude Cheswick, 22, of Cooksville.
Cheswick was crossing the highway and had almost reached the sidewalk when he was struck by Facchini’s Isuzu Rodeo in the bus lane. Facchini did not stop, but continued driving north and then turned east on 55th Street. Witnesses had followed him.
Facchini pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving injury. Other charges against him were not prosecuted in exchange for the guilty pleas.
After Facchini’s pleaded in Circuit Court in Snow Hill, Judge Richard Bloxom ordered a presentence investigation. Last Friday, Bloxom sentenced Facchini to five years in prison for the first charge and he gave him a suspended fiveyear sentence on the second charge. He also fined Facchini $5,000.
Facchini will be on five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.