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‘It’s not fair’: Family of victim of deadly Tulare hit-and-run expresses shock, disappointment at sentencing

TULARE, California (KFSN) – The family of a South Valley man who was killed by a running driver is disappointed.

A sentence handed down on Friday makes its members feel that justice has not been served.

“We felt there would be some justice here, given that there was evidence video of what happened,” said Aaron Lowe, Joshua Simmons’s uncle.

On Jan. 2, Simmons, 41, was beaten and killed while crossing the busy Bardsley and Spruce intersections in Tulare.

Lowe says not a day goes by that he does not miss his family.

They say Simmons was a kind giant.

On Friday morning, the perpetrator, 41-year-old Daniel Correa from Visalia, was sentenced by Judge Reyes to 3 years in prison for the crime of beating and fleeing, which resulted in death and homicide by negligence, misdemeanor.

Korea has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

“There was also a reference to the hearing on his previous appearances when he was convicted and referred to a mental health court program and I can say he had two previous convictions for a felony,” said Deputy Supervisor Jessica Weatherly.

The Korean lawyer reminded the court that his toxicology report showed that he was not drunk at the time – even though he was taking two drugs.
This raises questions about the Simmons family.

“If this person has these mental health problems and is taking drugs, why drive a car behind the wheel?” Lowe asked.

Simmons’s mother, sister and uncle expressed their frustration in the courtroom and were shocked to hear the sentence even when Judge Reyes explained why the decision was made.

“Unfortunately this is it and we have to move on with our lives. I do not feel good about how it ended. It is not fair. Life is not fair, but it is definitely not fair,” Lowe said.

The Korean family was also in court. His father says that it hurts him to see his son’s condition and sends his condolences to the Simmons family, while they are also facing the tragedy.

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