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Father Tells of ‘Pain, Anguish’ As Court Sentences Hit-and-Run Driver in Son’s 2021 Death

Jock Joseph Jock
Jock Joseph Jock. Photo: via Legacy.com

A judge on Thursday convicted a driver who fatally hit a teenage student in La Mesa, then escaped, to three years in state prison.

Scott Douglas Sutherfield, 62, of Spring Valley, pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief for running and striking. Jock Michael Jock18, on February 27, 2021.

The victim was found shortly after 9pm lying on the east side of the road at Bancroft Drive, just south of Golondrina Drive, according to La Mesa Police Station.

He died at the hospital about a week later.

According to police, investigators found that Sutherfield was the driver who ran, through video surveillance that captured images of the white Ford F-150 in the area at the time, according to police.

Prosecutors said the defendant’s vehicle was located on March 16 with a cracked windshield and other damage that resulted in a man being hit.

Police arrested Sutherfield April 7 at an unknown motel in Mission Valley, they said.

Deputy Attorney General David Valero called the case “very tragic” and said Sutherfield “knew the police were looking for him” in the weeks leading up to his arrest.

At Sutherfield’s sentencing, San Diego Supreme Court Judge Robert Amador said that according to prosecution documents, a person who met Sutherfield shortly after the incident said he “smelled of alcohol.” The judge said he “had no doubt” that Sutherfield had fled because of driving under the influence.

Under state law, Amador said the maximum sentence he could impose was three years in prison and told defendant “you deserve it all.”

According to an online obituary, Jok, the son of Sudanese immigrants, was born in San Diego and graduated from La Jolla Country Day School in 2020. At the time of his death, he was attending UC Riverside in an accelerated university program that would lead to medical school. where he tried to specialize in neuropharmacology.

At the sentencing hearing, Jock’s father, Joseph Jock, said that his son wanted to study neuropharmacology due to the death of a family member from ALS, and that he was “fascinated with the brain” from an early age.

The family fled Sudan 24 years ago to escape the war and hope to raise their children in the US amid “peace and security,” according to Joseph Jok, who told the judge: “It destroyed our family. “I can not find the words to describe the pain and agony I am in.”

Robin Stewart, one of Jok’s teachers from La Jolla Country Day, said Jok “changed my life as a 20-year-old teacher” and was a mentor to other students.

“Apart from my personal loss, this is a loss to society,” Stewart said, noting what she felt was “the tenfold impact it would have on our world.”

Jock’s father asked for the maximum possible sentence, “not because he was going to bring my son back”, but because of what he said was “indifference” on the part of the accused.

“The first thing I learned when I came to this country was to respect the law,” Jock said. “Even when you hit animals, you have to stop and help.”

– City news service


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