Rockford man sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing fatal crash, leaving scene

Online Staff Report

Ryan T. Bank, 28, pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident involving death and driving after revocation in front of Judge Patrick Heaslip, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday, May 5. As part of the plea, Banks was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on mandatory supervised release for two years after he gets out of prison.

In May 2013, Scott Zwiefelhofer was killed while riding his motorcycle near the intersection of 11th Street and Sawyer Road in Rockford. Zwiefelhofer was traveling south when Banks turned left in front of him, causing the crash. Banks didn’t stop to see if Zwiefelhofer was okay. He also didn’t report the accident to the police. Zwiefelhofer was taken to the hospital and died as a result of his injuries.

Failure to report an accident involving death is a Class 1 felony with a sentencing range of between four and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. It also carries a penalty of up to two years of mandatory supervised release.

Driving after revocation is a Class A misdemeanor with a sentencing range of up to one year in jail, probation and fines.

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