Man accused of hit-and-run of CSU student in 2015 pleads guilty

Man accused of hit-and-run of CSU student in 2015 pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The man accused of a hit-and-run in July 2015 appeared in court Monday morning.

William Tarver pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Serious injury by vehicle
  • Driving while license suspended or revoked
  • Reckless Driving 
  • Hit and Run
  • Racing on highway

The hit-and-run left Columbus State University student Asia Hoskins with severe brain injuries and also wheelchair bound.

Tarver was allegedly speed-racing on Lawyers Lane in Columbus when the vehicle he was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and hit Hoskins' vehicle.

Tarver fled the scene, along with his minor child who was riding in the vehicle, and was injured as a result of the violent crash.

Tarver was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 30 years of probation, and $2,500 in fines.

The victim’s mother, Valerie Ghant, is unhappy following the judge’s sentencing. She says justice was not served.

“To me this is just utterly ridiculous. I’m very overwhelmed and very disappointed and upset,” said Ghant.

Asia Hoskins, pictured on the left. (Source: WTVM File)
Asia Hoskins, pictured on the left. (Source: WTVM File)

A case spanning nearly three years in and out of the courtroom, Ghant says the justice system failed her daughter.

Ghant describing the crash as having a life-changing impact on Asia and their family.

“My daughter was a very vibrant 19-year-old college student. Health science major. Just graduated in 2014. This happened in 2015. The impact this has had on this young lady, no one can give it back. There is no ceiling to that. So for them to accept a guilty plea, 10 years, that is like a slap on the wrist,” said Ghant.

Ghant says she will continue to seek proper justice for her daughter, no matter what it takes.

She’s now seeking other ways, and options to take this case to a higher court.

“It just goes to show the justice system, there is no justice!,” said Ghant.

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