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Driver who hit, killed trick-or-treater in Vancouver sentenced to prison

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Duane Abbott was sentenced to prison Friday. Duane Abbott was sentenced to prison Friday.
Photos of Cadence Boyer brought to the courtroom by her family Friday. Photos of Cadence Boyer brought to the courtroom by her family Friday.
Cadence Boyer, 7, was hit and killed on Halloween night in 2014 in Vancouver. Cadence Boyer, 7, was hit and killed on Halloween night in 2014 in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A man who drove into a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters, killing a 7-year-old girl, was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison.

Duane Abbott, 48, pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault earlier this month. He was sentenced in court Friday.

On Halloween night in 2014, Abbott was driving northbound on Northeast 112th Avenue in his 1967 Ford Mustang at around 8 p.m. when he hopped the curb and hit a group of people.

Second-grader Cadence Boyer died at the hospital. Two adults and a 6-year-old were also hurt.

Abbott told investigators he was trying to change lanes and lost control of his car, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit said Abbott had red, watery and droopy eyes, raised taste buds and his breath smelled like marijuana. Investigators also said his speech was slurred.

Abbott admitted smoking 2-3 grams of marijuana daily and said he had smoked a joint three hours before the crash, according to court documents.

Abbott repeatedly apologized in court Friday.

"I have nightmares and I wake up crying most every night," he said, later adding, "I would never, ever hurt anybody on purpose."

The family of Cadence Boyer said Abbott did not make eye contact with them.

"Is he really crying because he's upset because our daughter's gone, who he didn't even know," said her mother Annie Boyer.

Annie Boyer was also injured in the Halloween night collision.

"He's had so much time to think in jail, he's had so much time to write something to us… and today was just very short," Annie Boyer said of Abbott's statements in court.

Abbott was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison.

"Now I have peace," said Chelina Alsteen, who was also injured in the crash. "Justice was done."

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