CAMBRIDGE — A judge in Delaware sentenced Alvin Hubbard of East New Market to a maximum combined sentence of 14 years, with all prison time suspended for a year of probation.
Hubbard received the sentence in connection with a July 2018 crash that killed five.
In June, Hubbard pleaded guilty to five counts of operation of a motor vehicle causing death, second-degree vehicular assault and two counts of third-degree vehicular assault. The accident occurred on Delaware Route 1, where Hubbard and a co-worker were traveling south, going home from work, when his vehicle crossed the median and hit two vehicles.
A family of six was in their minivan traveling north on Route 1 on their way home from Ocean City. Only the mother survived the crash.
Delaware State Police took several months to investigate the crash, and eventually charged Hubbard with five counts of second-degree vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault, as well as charges of inattentive driving, driving across a median and failing to obey traffic devices. The charges said he did not give “full time and attention” while driving. A statement from Hubbard’s attorney said a coughing spell was the reason Hubbard initially left the road.
Reports from inside the courtroom said Hubbard wept intermittently during the sentencing hearing. When given a chance to speak, he tearfully declined.