Teen driver in crash that killed skateboarder Vinnie Zellefrow sentenced

Victim's family upset with sentence

SAN DIEGO - The family of a skateboarder run over by a teenage driver says justice was not served after the teen was given a 480-day jail sentence and four years probation.

In front of the juvenile courthouse on Thursday, family and loved ones of 20-year-old Vinnie Zellefrow demanded justice.

"I think that there would be a stronger message sent to prevent these things from happening," said Cameryn Miller, a friend of the victim.

Belinda Zellefrow, the victim's mother, said she wanted justice "for our son Vincent, who didn't deserve to die the way he did …"

Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said, "The overall maximum time for the felony offense she was found on is four years. The maximum she will serve right now is 480 days in custody, but four years is available should she violate probation."

On February 12, authorities said Vinnie Zellefrow was skateboarding in the 6000 block of Carlsbad Boulevard just before 11 p.m. when the 17-year-old girl driving a silver Chrysler sedan struck him and never stopped.

Paramedics worked to save his life, but Zellefrow died at the scene.

The girl, who is not being identified because she is a minor, was later arrested and booked into the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, and felony hit-and- run.

"She has to live with what she's done for the rest of her life," Belinda Zellefrow said.

Despite the girl's sentence, Zellefrow's father, Vince, said it doesn't change much.

"There's nothing that will happen here today that will bring him back," Vince Zellefrow said.

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