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Truck driver pleads guilty after fatally hitting Hume-Fogg student, sentenced to $500 fine

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The truck driver who hit and killed a 17-year-old girl in downtown Nashville learned his fate Thursday.

Troy Devitt was turning right onto Rosa L. Parks Boulevard last December when he struck Elena Zamora, a student at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. Indications are Devitt turned on a green light, but Zamora had the right of way crossing Church Street.

The driver, who hails from Alabama, was charged with misdemeanor failure to yield right of way.

A judge sentenced Devitt to a $500 fine and allowed him to keep his license.

Upon conviction, the court may say revoke the person's license, but the discretion is left to the judge. The statute for this charge leaves out jail time.

Devitt's attorney, Roger May, called this incident an accident.

"Mr. Devitt was very remorseful," May said. "He was emotional on the scene. He's emotional today. That remorsefulness has not gone away and it won't. He didn't want to do anything to further burden this family."

The Zamora family knew about the sentencing terms before parties agreed Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson with the Office of the Davidson County District Attorney General. May said the plan had been in the works for three to four weeks before Devitt's hearing.

"He didn't see her," May said. "He wishes he had."

Devitt could have opted for a preliminary hearing, but he pleaded directly to his charge Thursday.

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