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Valet who struck pedestrian will serve one year in jail

A former hotel valet parking attendant who struck and killed a pedestrian on a downtown Richmond sidewalk will spend a year in jail.

Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo sentenced Paul Gray Jr. to five years with four suspended for the involuntary manslaughter of 23-year-old Josephine Stone, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The accident occurred as Gray pulled a guest’s vehicle out onto the sidewalk next to the hotel’s parking ramp. He claimed that he stopped to check for pedestrians, but Cavedo found that Gray was driving too fast for the rainy conditions and didn’t stop in time.

Stone, on her way to a concert with her husband, was knocked to the ground and pinned under the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Stone had recently graduated from VCU and was pursuing a career in journalism. Her estate has filed a $12 million wrongful-death lawsuit against Gray, Hilton Worldwide Inc., HRI Lodging Inc., Miller and Rhoads Building LLC and Parking Management Systems of Virginia Inc.

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