Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 15, 2013

COURT: Driver in hit-and-run sentenced to 18 months of community corrections


— ELKHART — Eighteen months of community corrections and home detention was the sentence for a Middlebury man who seriously injured a Middlebury teen in a hit-and-run crash in July.

Pasquale Chase Rulli, 26, 55824 Alverstone Drive, Middlebury, was sentenced by Judge David Bonfiglio in Elkhart Superior Court 6 Friday morning, March 15, 2013.

According to Rulli’s attorney Phil Miller, Rulli is likely to serve out his sentence in Allen County where he lives and goes to school.

If for administrative reasons Rulli is not accepted into the Allen County program, he will serve that sentence in Elkhart County, Miller said.

Rulli will also serve 18 months on reporting probation, have his driver’s license suspended for three and a half years and undergo an addictions assessment and psychological evaluation.

Rulli pleaded guilty to a Class D felony count of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury on Jan. 16. There was no plea deal involved.

The crash occurred the evening of July 10 on C.R. 35 north of U.S. 20, west of Middlebury. Rulli was driving a 2008 Cadillac STS sedan that collided with bicyclist Zion Carlstrom. He left the scene but came forward to Elkhart County police the day after the collision.

Carlstrom continues to recover from her injuries.