Vancouver man gets 8 years for killing motorist in crash

VANCOUVER — A 21-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed another man.

The Columbian reported that Mark D. Gant pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular homicide and hit-and-run causing death. Gant tried to run from the crash scene last April 11 but a witness chased him. He was sentenced Monday.

Killed was Charles Heroux Jr., 26.

In court, Gant asked for forgiveness from Heroux’s relatives and said he had “caused two families more pain than anyone should have to endure.”

Toxicology tests showed Gant had a blood alcohol level of 0.2. The legal intoxication threshold for driving in Washington is 0.08. He also tested positive for the active component in marijuana.

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