Driver pleads guilty to fatal Purdy hit-and-run

Staff writerFebruary 12, 2014 

A man who fatally hit a motorcyclist in Purdy last summer and left the scene is serving a 15-month prison sentence.

Christopher Kovacs, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday and started serving the time.

Kovacs hit and killed 21-year-old motorcyclist Jacob Daniel Converse June 22, near 144th Street Northwest on state Route 302 in Purdy.

Kovacs then drove his 2003 Ford Excursion home, about 1.5 miles from the crash.

Investigators found the SUV’s license plate embedded in Converse’s Yamaha scooter. When they contacted Kovacs, he told them he fled because he was scared.

In addition to vehicular homicide, Kovacs also pleaded guilty to hit-and-run.

Converse’s father, David Converse, wrote to the court that his youngest son had been stationed at Camp Murray in the Washington Air National Guard at the time of his death, and had planned to enroll in college last fall.

“When I wake up in the morning, I see tears in my wife’s eyes,” he wrote.

Kovacs’ loved ones also wrote the court.

His 17-year-old daughter said she is the oldest of four children, and that her dad is her best friend.

“I would not have my hard working attitude, life goals, same morals, or the great relationship with the Lord that I now have without the guidance of my dad,” Brooklynn Kovacs wrote. “... this was a terrible accident.”

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