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20-year Old Charged with 2010 Hit and Run Accident Sentenced

By: WCTV Staff, Julie Montanaro Email
By: WCTV Staff, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATE 1-17-2012 11:57pm

Jordan Perhosky pleaded for forgiveness in court from Kathy Raynor and her family.

When he addressed the court he said, "From the bottom of my heart I'm so terribly and deeply sorry."

On September 25, 2010, it was game day at Florida State University. But it would be a day that would change both their lives forever. Perhosky hit Raynor with his vehicle as she was walking not too far from the football stadium. Perhosky continued to drive off.

Through tears in court on Tuesday he said, "I didn't know, I would have stopped, I would have done the right thing."

There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom as Perhosky tearfully said his apologies. You cold see Raynor crying just as hard. Before receiving his sentence, he said, "I'm here today to admit to the court that I had been drinking that day."

While at least ten people stood up to ask the judge to take mercy on the 20 year-old, including his parents and priest, almost as many stood up for Raynor.

They shared stories of the struggles Raynor faces every day since the accident. She was in a coma after the accident, then weeks of rehab. She walks with a cane today. The judge was even forced to call a brief recess when Raynor had a seizure in court, something her family says she experiences frequently since the accident.

Perhosky faces up to ten years in prison, but the judge sentenced him to 11 months and 29 days, a sentence too much for his family to bear. His mother began sobbing as soon as the sentence came down. But it's a sentence some on the other side of the courtroom believe is nothing compared to the one Raynor has been handed and lives with everyday.

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UPDATE 1-17-2012 6:43pm

Jordan Perhosky, 20, has been sentenced. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days for leaving the scene of the crime. He will, also, face two years of probation.

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UPDATE 1-17-2012 6:10pm

The prosecution has wrapped up and court is currently in recess after Kathy Raynor looks to have had a seizure, something that suffers from since her injuries from the accident.

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UPDATE 1-172012 5:25 pm

Keith Raynor, Kathy Raynor's oldest son, addressed the court. He shared his mother's daily struggles from her injuries.

He then turned to 20-year old Jordan Perhosky, the young man charged with his mothers hit and run, and addressed him.

Among many things he told Perhosky, "I pray for you." He then told the judge he was not sure what an appropriate punishment would be but that Perhosky does need to understand the severity of his actions.

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UPDATE 1-17-2012 4:52 pm

After a 10 minute recess prosecution is now calling on witnesses in the sentencing hearing of 20-year old Jordan Perhosky.

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UPDATE 1-17-2012 4:25 pm
by Angelica Alvarez

Tallahassee, FL - Sentencing is underway for a 20 year old former Florida State student charged with a hit and run.

There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom as about 10 people,.including the parents of Jordan Perhosky, spoke on his behalf.

Perhosky spoke on his own behalf and with tears streaming down his face turned and faced the victim, the then 59-year old Kathy Raynor and apologized for his actions.

His attorneys are now pleading with the judge for a light sentence.

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UPDATE 10-6-2011
by Ashley Mitchem

Tallahassee, FL - Jordan Perhosky (Per-how-ski) is charged with mowing down a woman walking along Madison Street and leaving the scene last September.(2010)

Perhosky pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident with injury and carrying a fraudulent driver's license.

The victim, Kathy Raynor was in court with her family and friends by her side.

Timothy Jansen, Perhosky's lawyer, says,"We have no objection to some period of incarceration, but we were hoping not to have an imprisonment sentence that would make him a convicted felon. We also believe a period of probation would be appropriate."

Perhosky is accused of hitting Raynor near Doak Campbell stadium and leaving the scene.

Raynor was walking back to her car on Madison Street after tailgating when she was hit.

She was in a coma for nearly a week and in rehab for months.

Kathy Raynor says, "They've all been very very key to the progress I've made. Not to mention my husband who...I couldn't have done any of this without him."

Perhosky was driving a Jeep Cherokee back and forth to the game dropping off friends when he reportedly hit Raynor.

A number of people saw the accident and stopped to help.

Meantime - the person who hit Kathy Raynor kept on driving ... but police soon had a suspect and caught up with Perhosky a short time later.

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[UPDATE] 10-6 2:30pm -

A Tallahassee man accused in a hit and run near the FSU football stadium enters a no contest plea for leaving the scene with injuries and having a fraudulent id.

20-year-old Jordan Perhosky is accused of hitting a woman walking along West Madison street and leaving the scene on September 25, 2011.

Perhosky will be sentenced on January 17, 2012 at 3pm. The maximum sentence that he can receive is 10 years total; 5 for each charge.

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UPDATED 6.21.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man accused in a hit and run near the FSU football stadium will stand trial this fall.

20-year-old Jordan Perhosky is accused of hitting a woman walking along West Madison street and leaving the scene last September.

Kathy Raynor was walking back to her car after a tailgate party when she was hit. She survived but was in a coma for nearly a week and in a rehabilitation hospital for months.

This morning, a judge set Perhosky's trial date for October 10th.

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UPDATE 2-11 -- by Julie Montanaro

On Thursday night a man accused in a hit and run accident in Tallahassee turned himself into authorities, and today his lawyer is speaking out.

After a lengthy investigation, Tallahassee Police charged 19 year old Jordan Perhosky with leaving the scene of a crash on Madison Street in September that left 59 year old Kathy Raynor critically injured.

Perhosky is free on a $1000 bond. His lawyer maintains there's no proof Perhosky was driving the car at the time of the accident.

Timothy Jansen, Jordan Perhosky's lawyer, "The reports reflect it's been a four month investigation. My understanding is there is no eyewitness to identify Mr. Perhosky as the driver of the vehicle. But there's other evidence that we'll be looking into, to see it that is true."

The victim in the hit and run spent more than two and a half weeks in intensive care. She continues to recover from her injuries, but is confined to a wheelchair.

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UPDATE 2-10 --

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 at approximately 3:10PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the 700 block of West Madison Street in reference to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian was later identified as 59 year-old Kathy Raynor. Mrs. Raynor’s injuries were critical and she spent more than two and a half weeks in Intensive Care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Before officers arrived on scene, the vehicle that struck Mrs. Raynor had fled.

Several witnesses provided investigators with a description of the vehicle that struck Mrs. Raynor. On Sunday, September 26, 2010 at approximately 10:00PM, a police officer with the Florida State University Police Department located a black Jeep Cherokee matching the description of the suspected vehicle near Doak Campbell Stadium. Investigators from the Tallahassee Police responded to the scene and impounded the vehicle.

After a four month investigation, the Tallahassee Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit requested an arrest warrant for 19 year-old Jordan J. Perhosky. Investigators developed enough probable cause, based on witness statements and physical evidence to charge Perhosky with Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries. Earlier today, Perhosky turned himself into the Leon County Jail.

Kathy Raynor was later released from the hospital and continues to recover, but is currently confined to a wheelchair.

ARRESTED:
Jordan J. Perhosky, W/M, 7-23-91 CHARGES: Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries.

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*** Update 10-29-2010 ****
TPD says they're continuing to search for those person(s) responsible for a hit and run accident that sent Kathy Raynor to the hospital.
Meanwhile the Raynor family has shared with WCTV some pictures of her recovery in the hospital. Those pictures can be found by clicking on the icon above.

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Updated 12:05am 10-28 by Jen Milton:

It's not every day you meet someone who has saved another life. But on the afternoon of September 25th, these two strangers witnessed a terrible tragedy and immediately took action.

"I heard something hit really hard and I thought a passing car had hit a parked car, but once the passing car passed me, and I could see down the road, and I saw Kathy laying in the street," said Lawson Yale.

59-year old Kathy Raynor was walking to her car after tailgating at a Florida State football game, when the driver of an SUV ran her down and then sped away, leaving her for dead.

"The condition we found her in at the site was so disturbing, that anyone that would drive away from that, there's no excuse for that," said Alex Mendelson.

23-year-old Lawson Yale and 20-year-old Alex Mendelson were recognized by Mayor John Marks at a Tallahassee City Commission meeting for their bravery and courage, because without their aid, Kathy Raynor most likely would have never woken up.

"She's just now grasping the fact that she may not have lived though this and she's very much appreciative, as we are, that you saved her," said Kathy Raynor's daughter Mickie Handegard.

The two are now close friends and visit Kathy often as she recovers in the hospital. The Raynor family says they consider Yale and Mendelson extended members of the already large and loving family.

Doctors told family members Kathy will have to stay at the hospital for a few more months during her recovery and police say they have a person of interest in the case but have not made any arrests.
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Updated 8:51pm 10-16 by Jen Milton:

On the morning of September 25th, 59-year-old Kathy Raynor woke up next to her husband Tom just like she had done every morning since they were married 41 years ago. Then, tragedy struck.

"Hugging her pillow is not the same thing. but I keep on our dresser her high school picture to remind me that she is still my bride," said Tom Raynor.

Raynor knew when she opened her eyes that morning, she was going to attend a Florida State football game. What she didn't know, was that the driver of an SUV would run her down as she walked towards her car, and then leave her for dead.

"She had a fractured skull from the impact, her right forearm was a break and also she had a shattered leg right below the knee and she had a a broken bone or two in her ribs."

Police have been investigating the crime for weeks and say they do have a person of interest but they haven't made any arrests. In an effort to solve the case, an advertisement ran during Saturday's FSU football game urging anyone with information about the crime to come forward. Tom Raynor says he has just one wish.

"I'm just anxious for her to resume her life here, having her laugh and be herself."

Raynor's husband says Kathy's 60th birthday is coming up at the end of October and they plan to celebrate with her at the hospital. Hopefully it will lift her spirits and keep her mind off the pain.
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UPDATED 10.1.2010 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee woman remains hospitalized with head trauma and broken bones in the wake of a hit and run crash last weekend.

Kathy Raynor's family hopes whoever was behind the wheel is ultimately held accountable. For now, they are focused on only one thing: helping her recover.

The Raynor family is taking it hour by hour, day by day and celebrating small victories. Kathy Raynor spoke for the first time today, albeit a whisper.

"She gave us a Christmas surprise in October and she was able to talk to us and she was actually able to say her name. She was able to say my name and my father's and she recognizes us," said Raynor's daughter Mickie Handegard outside TMH Friday afternoon.

Raynor and her husband had been tailgating with friends before the FSU game Saturday. He went to the game and she was walking back to her car pulling a cooler on wheels, planning to head to a baby shower. That's when someone in a black SUV hit her and kept going.

"There was yellow crime scene and there's the cooler, shattered," said husband Tom Raynor as he described reaching the scene.
"There's the two little golf chairs and this ... and this is hard because there drawn out in the little crime scene paint is the place where you'd normally see a homicide body mark. That's where my wife was."

Tallahassee Police have impounded the SUV they believe hit Raynor and they have a person of interest , but are still gathering evidence needed to make an arrest.

"We are asking for anyone who may have seen this crash to give us the information you have. Maybe you didn't think much of it at the time or you were afraid to step forward, give us a call, give us that information," said TPD Spokesman David McCranie.

Raynor has been married for 41 years, has three children, 5 grandchildren and is one of 13 siblings. Raynor's family is rallying around the book keeper and breast cancer survivor and is hopeful someone will be held accountable for hitting her and then hitting the gas.

"She is not just a woman that was struck and left by the road to die, she's my mother. She's my best friend and the person who is out there if they can try to think about their mother, their daughter, their sister ... this woman is loved and you need to come forward," Handegard said.

"Kathy is going to get better. Kathy is going to fully recover. The person who did this has a conscience that's stained. That'll never go away. That'll never heal," husband Tom Raynor said.

Raynor's family is spread from Florida to California. There is a trust fund set up at Sunshine Savings Bank to help them with travel expenses. For more information on that, log on to www.sunshinesavingsbank.com

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UPDATE 9-30 11:12 PM

Kathy Raynor is apparently recovering from her accident. A family member sent us this message in regards to Raynor's condition:

"My mom is doing well this morning. She opened her eyes, tracked my hand movements, moved one finger on her left hand and wiggled her toes on her left foot. This was the first time she was able to move her finger on command. The medical team have been great and the nurses are realizing that she responds more to our requests than to theirs and seem to be including us more in these type of assessments."

Officer David McCranie with the Tallahassee Police Department stated that they department will not be releasing any names at this time and the investigation into the hit-and-run on September 25 is still pending.

WCTV will keep on top of the story and keep you updated as information is released.

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UPDATE 9-29 11:07AM -

Officer David McCranie with the Tallahassee Police Department stated that they department will not be releasing any names at this time and the investigation into the hit-and-run on September 25 is still pending.

WCTV will stay with the story and keep you updated as information is released.

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UPDATE 9-27 11:07AM

The Tallahassee Police Department released a statement regarding the vehicle involved with the hit-and-run on September 25:

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 at approximately 3:10PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the 700 block of West Madison Street in reference to a hit and run. Upon arrival, officers discovered that 59 year-old Kathy Raynor of Tallahassee had been struck by a vehicle as she walked along West Madison Street. The vehicle fled the area after striking Raynor. Witnesses provided a description of the vehicle to officers on scene, describing the vehicle as a black newer model SUV. Raynor suffered serious injuries as a result and is currently in serious, but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Last night (9/26), Florida State University Police Officer Jeremy Izquierdo located the black SUV traveling near campus. Investigator Zach Lyne with the Tallahassee Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene in an effort to further the investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness statements, the vehicle was seized and criminal charges may be pending.

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UPDATE 5:23pm

Tallahassee Police Department Press Release:

Today, at approximately 3:10PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported hit and run crash in the 700 block of West Madison Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a white female pedestrian was walking east on West Madison Street when a vehicle struck her. The vehicle continued east West Madison Street without stopping. The female pedestrian was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

Suspect Vehicle Description:

Newer 4 door, black SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle has tinted windows, black rims, and damage near the driver side headlight. Additionally, the vehicle has an unknown type of decal/sticker located on the back window.

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The accident happened on Madison Street. A vehicle hit a pedestrian leaving the female pedestrian in critical condition.

Officers are on scene as well as a reporter from WCTV. We will provide more information as it becomes available.


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