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Man guilty of DUII for crash that killed professor sentenced to 20 days in jail

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Richard Dryden, jail booking photo Richard Dryden, jail booking photo
Thomas Gazzola (Photo courtesy: Nancy Gazzola-Hines) Thomas Gazzola (Photo courtesy: Nancy Gazzola-Hines)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man who pleaded guilty to DUII in connection with a crash that killed a Washington State University-Vancouver math professor was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Richard Dryden entered his guilty plea in court Tuesday.

Dryden, of Longview, was initially arrested on June 3, 2015. Police said he was drunk when he hit 55-year-old Thomas Gazzola in an unmarked crosswalk near Northeast 60th and Wasco Street in Portland.

Gazzola went to the hospital in critical condition and was later taken off life support. His family said several of his organs were donated for transplants and others were preserved for research.

Gazzola was described as a popular professor with a passion for teaching. He was the director of the Math Tutoring Center at WSU-Vancouver. He was also a member of a national puzzle team that won a competition at MIT in January 2015.

The case against Dryden was initially dismissed, but a grand jury convened in October 2015 and an indictment was filed charging him with DUII and criminally negligent homicide.

The district attorney dropped the latter charge, saying it couldn't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Dryden was sentenced Tuesday to 20 days in jail followed by three years probation. He was also ordered to pay the victim's family $10,000 in compensatory damages.

Dryden's license was suspended for one year and once he gets it back, he'll be required to use an ignition interlock device for an additional year.

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