A Houston man pleaded guilty Monday to a hit-and-run crash that killed a League City teenager in 2019.

Phillip Antoine, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of accident involving death and will serve five years in state prison as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

Antoine was arrested in June 2019 and accused of killing 19-year-old River Russell while driving a box truck on FM 270 in League City.

Russell was riding a skateboard on the road just about 3 a.m. when he was hit from behind by a truck, police said. The truck didn't stop, and Russell was found unresponsive in a roadside ditch about 4 a.m., police said.

Police identified Antoine as the truck's driver by reviewing security camera images from near the area where Russell was found, officials said.

Russell began serving his sentence Monday, according to court records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(3) comments

Doug Sivyer

5 years for Hitting someone, causing their death and then fleeing the secene? That is not justice.

Leigh Cowart

That is certainly not justice.

Jim Forsythe

As he did not have a jury trial, it was up to the Judge. You and I did not hear the evidence, but the Judge did. If we are going to be a people of laws we must accept the outcome, even when we do not agree. This does not mean one can not work to remove the person that does not hand out the justice we think they should have.

We can also push to increase punishment that we think need to be stronger. They increased the punishment in 2013. Below is the punishment possibilities.

Failure to stop and render aid for accidents involving death is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The penalty for this crime was actually increased by lawmakers in 2013 in an effort to deter people who had been drinking from fleeing the scene of fatal accidents. The new legislation gave failure to stop and render aid involving death the same punitive weight as intoxication manslaughter. Both crimes are both punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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