A Staunton man who crashed his car at more than 100 mph, injuring four people, will spend the next 13 years in prison.
A Staunton Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced Scott Edward Knight, 31, for driving his white Volkswagen more than 100 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 2400 block of West Beverley Street on April 6, 2010.
On the heavily traveled, two-lane street, Knight smashed into a red Jeep preparing to turn into the Food Lion parking lot. That set off a chain reaction in which multiple cars became ensnared in the wreck.
Staunton police arrested Knight almost four months later on four counts of malicious wounding, three counts of destruction of property and one count of reckless driving.
Assistant Public Defender Linda Czyzyk asked Judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. to reconsider his original conviction, arguing that Knight did not act with malice.
“There’s no doubt he was acting recklessly or irresponsibly,” Czyzyk said. “But I think the most you have is criminal negligence. He tried to stop, the skid marks were obvious.”
Franklin rejected the attorney’s request, but also denied Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffrey D. Gaines’ request for a 20-year sentence.
“I can’t foresee how someone could conceive anything other than a disastrous effect … wherever it be, much less in a 35 mph zone, in a city and over a blind hill,” said Franklin.
Rescue crews took Knight and his lone passenger, Stanley Colvin, 46, to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, authorities said. Crews also transported Nannie Brown, 79; Elizabeth Benbow, 47; and a boy to Augusta Health in Fishersville.
During testimony at a previous hearing, Benbow testified she suffered a broken clavicle, ribs and other bones.
Brown testified she suffered chest pains, strained breathing and a fractured sternum.
Upon his release from prison, Knight will serve 10 years of probation.