Man Sentenced for Injuring Woman in Motorcycle Accident

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An emotional day in court Friday as a young man was sentenced for hitting a woman on a motorcycle last fall. Loreen Wickens was severely injured when 22-year-old Zachary Bowden hit her at 90mph and drove off.
The accident left her with more than 30 broken bones and a punctured lung among other injuries. She spoke to the court about how that night changed her life forever. "I've endured a lot in my life, but this has to be the most tragic thing that has come my way," she said. "I will never be 100 percent again. He has taken my life from me. Zachary Bowden took the feeling of security and safety from each of us that night. I am appalled he was not charged with attempted murder."

Bowden was visibly upset after hearing what Wickens had to say. He was also given the chance to make a statement, telling her how sorry he was and how he wished he could turn back the clock. "I was selfish. I understand that and i take deep responsibility of what my actions were. If i could go back, i would change it. I got scared. I can't lie about that. I ran. I send my condolences to you and everyone in the courtroom." Bowden was sentenced to as many as 7 and-a-half years for each of two counts; reckless driving causing injury and leaving the scene of a crime. He must also pay more than $42,000 in restitution.

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