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Man sentenced to 10 years for hit-and-run death of Dumas coach

Kaden Thornburg, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for the September 2016 hit-and-run death of Ryne Stephen Erickson. (Photo: Dumas Police Department)

The teen driver who was arrested and charged in the hit-and-run death of a Dumas coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to the 69th District Attorney, 20-year-old Kaden Thornburg was sentenced on Monday in the death of 30-year-old Ryne Stephen Erickson. Thornburg pleaded guilty to one count of failure to render aid after accident involving personal injury or death.

Erickson was struck by the vehicle in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2016, at the intersection of East 7th Street and Melinda Lane. He was pronounced dead on scene.

According to police, the driver of the black 1999 Pontiac involved in the incident, later identified as Thornburg, left the scene. The vehicle was later found abandoned in a field east of the scene. Thornburg was arrested just a few hours later. Dumas police said his blood was drawn and the results of the laboratory test indicated the presence of alcohol, methamphetamine and cocaine in his system.

Erickson taught Social Studies and was a beloved coach at Dumas ISD. The community gathered several times to honor and remember Erickson. In October 2016, tennis players from Randall and Dumas high schools played a match in honor of Erickson.

On February 8, 2017, Texas Representative Four Price honored Erickson with House Resolution 294.


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