A Portage man has been sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of
Correction (DOC), after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident
resulting in death, in connection with a crash which took the life of a
Valparaiso resident on C.R. 700N.
On Wednesday, Reinaldo Antonio Figueroa III, 20, with a listed address of
251 Hamstrom Road, was sentenced to six years in the DOC, three of them
suspended and to be served on formal probation.
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper also ordered Figueroa’s driver’s
license suspended for four years, in effect on his release from DOC.
In November, Figueroa pleaded guilty to the charge, a Class C felony
punishable by a term of two to eight years. Under the plead-and-argue
agreement, a second charge filed against Figueroa would be dismissed:
reckless homicide, also a Class C felony.
In her sentencing order, Harper made note of the following aggravating
•That Figueroa was on probation in two separate cause numbers when he
committed this crime.
•That he has a history of criminal activity: on four occasions he has had
charges filed against him, resulting in three convictions. “The conviction
entered in this matter today arises from the fourth arrest,” Harper stated
in her order.
Harper made note of two mitigating factors:
•That Figueroa has admitted his guilt.
•That he’s of a “youthful age.”
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, at 8:20 p.m. April 2, 2012,
a female driver reported that she had run over a male subject lying in the
roadway on C.R. 700N. Franklin Ivey, 22, of Valparaiso, was pronounced dead
at the scene and investigators subsequently determined that Ivey had been
eastbound on C.R. 700N on his moped when he was rear-ended by a blue Subaru
passenger vehicle, police said. That driver of the Subaru then fled the
scene, leaving Ivey in the roadway, where he was later hit again by the
Investigators found the damaged blue Subaru a day later, on April 3, in
South Haven, traced it to Figueroa, and took him into custody.