Hit and Run Suspect Agrees to Plea Deal

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MONTROSE -- Roger Radakovich walked out of the Susquehanna County courthouse after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

He admits that he hit and killed Earl Youngs, 20,  in January along Route 11 near Great Bend  and drove away.

Radakovich of Hallstead was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, accidents involving death or personal injury. He pleaded guilty to just the involuntary manslaughter charge as part of a plea agreement.

"Involuntary manslaughter doesn't seem like the right plea that he should have taken. It doesn't state at all about how he left earl on the side of the road and then lied to the police about it," said Alyssa Wright, Youngs' Financee.

The Susquehanna District Attorney suggests Radakovich serve a sentence of 11 and a half to 23 months, but Youngs' loved ones don't feel that's enough.

"I don't think it's fair, but I probably won't ever think any of it is fair. He could get life in prison and I still wouldn't feel justice," said Wright.

Youngs' financee was in this the Susquehanna courthouse when Radakovich pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. As part of that plea agreement, Radakovich must meet wit the victim's family before sentencing. But Youngs' fiancee said she's not sure if she'll be there.

"I don't know if i want to be face to face with him. Though, i think it would help show him exactly the people that he affected," said Wright.

Radakovich is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17th.


  • taronna johnson

    IIf this man wasn’t killed,which I agree is a tragedy he would have been charged for getting a 13 year old child pregnant.I’m sorry he died but it just proves that everyone makes mistakes.I can’t help but wonder how his fiance feels about him having sex with a 13 year old child.Maybe she doesn’t know but many people thought Earl Youngs belonged in prison & I certainly wanted him held accountable.I know the girl that had his child & her family.At 14 years old she is left alone to raise his child.

    • Alyssa

      I was Earl’s fiancé. You need to get your facts straight before posting things like this. First off, she was not 13. And second, she lied about her age when they met and got together. She told him she was 17 years old. He was not a pedophile. He was the most loving and wonderful man that I’d ever known. He knew he had made a mistake, and had he not been killed and left on the side of the road like garbage, he would’ve paid for his mistake. What Roger Radakovich did was not a mistake. Yes, hitting him was an accident, but leaving him there and then coming back and watching as I and Earl’s family fell apart and lied to the police about how he just found him there, that was no mistake. That was the act of a monster. Now please, stop speaking of things you no nothing about. His family is suffering enough.

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