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Man gets 10 years’ probation for fatal hit-and-run

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IRVING, Texas -

A man was sentenced to probation Friday for the hit-and run death of a teenage boy in Irving. He could have gotten up to ten years in prison.

It did not take long for Michelle Soils to break down, as she told the judge about the last time she spoke to her son, Francisco Franky Reyes.

 The-17-year-old walked to his girlfriend's house and never came home.

A few hours later, an officer showed up at his mother's door telling her that her son had been involved in a car accident.

Irving police said Reyes' had been hit and his body had been found along the south service road of Hwy. 183.

The driver, John Wright, never stopped to help the teenager.

Detectives got a tip from a body shop in Denton about a car brought in for repairs.

Wright admitted to hitting Reyes and that he had been drinking. He pleaded guilty for failure to stop and render aid.

During the sentencing, his attorney told the judge that Wright served in the army, spent time in Iraq, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I think when you look at what he's done since he got back from his army duty, getting a job, going to school dealing with some of the residual effects of what he went through in Iraq you begin to see what happened that night," said Attorney Tom Pappas

The evidence in the case proved to be not sufficient to charge him with manslaughter.

The judge sentenced Wright to ten years' probation.               

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