(WICHITA, Kan.)—A Wichita doctor receives probation after pleading no contest in the hit and run death of a landscaper. Police say Dr. Mohammad Sarrafizadeh fled the scene of the accident, after he struck 31-year-old Ramon Martinez-Limon with his van.
The victim's body was carried on top of the van for miles. Zarrafizadeh claims he suffered a stroke that day, but prosecutors say they have no proof of that.
He pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide and will receive one year probation. We asked the District Attorney's office why the doctor was only charged with a misdemeanor. "All I can say is he's allowed the court to find he's responsible and that is a significant finding," said Aaron Breitenbach with the DA's office.
"The hearts and prayers of the Zarrafizadeh family continue to go out to the family of the victim. The family would also thank the DA for providing this simplified resolution," said attorney Dan Monnat.
Zarrafizadeh plans to return to his home state of New York. He's retired from medicine and his attorney says he has no plans to practice in the future. He's not allowed to drive during his probation period.