Former WHAS TV sports anchor pleads guilty in hit-and-run fatality, avoids prison
Jeffrey Woods, who is no longer with WHAS, will be able to have his felony case dismissed and erased from his record if he completes diversion.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A former WHAS TV News sports anchor pleaded guilty this week to striking a pedestrian in a downtown cross walk and leaving the scene without providing help in 2015.
Jeffrey Woods was put on supervised diversion by a Jefferson Circuit Court judge, meaning he will avoid any prison time as long as he stays out of trouble for four years, after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and failing to render aid in the death of Fontaine Jeffrey, 58.
"Jeff’s happy to have this behind him," said attorney Brian Butler, who represented Woods. "He regrets that he left the scene that day and he apologizes for any pain and anguish he caused the family."
Woods, who is no longer with WHAS, will be able to have his felony case dismissed and erased from his record if he completes his diversion. If he violates the conditions of his diversion, he faces a possible three-year prison sentence.
Jeffrey was leaving the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville where she worked on Jan. 23, 2015, and was in the crosswalk at Second and Jefferson when she fell and then was struck by Woods and a tow truck driver.
Witnesses to the wreck said Woods got out of his vehicle after striking Jeffrey, briefly surveyed the scene and left.
Jeffrey died of multiple injuries.
Investigators found human blood on all four tires of the WHAS TV News truck Woods was driving, according to court records.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jeffrey's family is ongoing.
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