Man pleads guilty to hitting Middlebury teen with car

A man who left the scene after hitting a Middlebury teen with his car in July was sentenced in court today.

Pasquale Chase Rulli was sentenced to 18 months community corrections and 18 months probation.

He pleaded guilty Friday to the class D felony of leaving the scene of a crash and could face up to three years in the Department Of Corrections.

Rulli was on his way home to Fort Wayne the night of July 10 when his car hit Zion Carlstrom who was out riding her bike with her brother.

Carlstrom was seriously injured in the accident.

Rulli's attorney told a superior court judge in Elkhart on Friday that Rulli thought he had hit a deer at the time.

The judge gave Rulli one week to find a community corrections program in Allen County so he could serve the sentence closer to where he currently lives.

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