Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced Jeremiah Paul Cahours to 11 years in prison for a vehicular homicide that took the life of a 22-year-old woman.
Cahours, 32, of 300 Cabana Blvd., No. 1113, was found guilty as charged in February of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash with death. Assistant State Attorneys Bob Sombathy and Jennifer Hawkins showed jurors during a one-day trial that Cahours continued driving through an apartment complex the night of July 3, 2011, even after a passenger had ignited a large firework, filling the SUV with smoke and sparks.
Witnesses said Cahours had been drinking most of the evening.
It was while the car was filled with smoke that Marija Kostova was hit as she rode her bicycle from the pool to her apartment. Cahours drove away from the scene and was arrested months later after the passenger came forward with information to the police, including statements Cahours made that indicated he knew he hit someone on a bike that night.
Overstreet ordered Cahours to prison for 11 years, followed by 10 years' probation.
Information provided by the State Attorney's Office