A 48-year-old Johnson County man who killed two young men in a… 2018 hit and run in Overland Park was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 20 years in prison.
The conviction was handed down in the Johnson County District Court for: Bradley E. Woodworth, who pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless second-degree murder for his role in the crash. He was sentenced to 117 months in prison for each count, serving 234 consecutive months or 19 and a half years consecutively.
The October 6 wreck near the intersection of 151st and Stearns streets killed 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey and 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr†
More than 50 friends and family of Bloskey’s filled two courtrooms in the Johnson County District Court to get the judge to impose a longer sentence than prosecutors had requested in a plea deal. The plea deal would have allowed Woodworth to serve both sentences simultaneously, reducing his prison sentence to less than 10 years.
Bloskey’s family and friends said that wasn’t enough.
Twenty family members and friends made statements in court, describing Bloskey as a cheerful young man who made everyone laugh and feel involved. Others in the courtroom wept as speakers reminisced about Bloskey spending time on the family farm and making friends and family laugh at every outing. They lamented the milestones he would miss, for himself and his loved ones.
Bloskey did nothing wrong as he drove home to prepare for his return from Rockhurst High School that October 2018 evening, they said, and Woodworth deserved the longest possible sentence for taking two lives and fleeing the scene. .
“You left my son, my beautiful Matthew William, alone in his unrecognizable car in the middle of 151st Street,” Sally Bloskey, Matthew Bloskey’s mother, told Woodworth. “Who’s doing this?”
Leaving the stage
According to Johnson County District Court documentsA witness told police that a van driven by Woodworth and a Toyota Avalon driven by Siebuhr were heading east on 151st Street.
As they passed the witness in his vehicle, the van and Toyota made contact.
The Toyota spun out of control, crossed the median strip and entered the carriageway west of 151st Street, where it hit a car on the driver’s side and went sideways.
Another vehicle heading west, a white Suzuki Vitara driven by Bloskey, struck the Avalon on the passenger side, killing both young men.
After the crash, Woodworth would flee the scene. About a week later he was arrested.
‘More than reckless’
In his statement, Woodworth apologized for his actions and said he could not explain why he had driven recklessly that day. He and his lawyer pointed out that he had spent time in therapy since then.
Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan said he couldn’t understand why Woodworth couldn’t find a way to apologize or apologize to the victims’ families until the day of his sentencing. As Woodworth fled the crash, although recordings show he could hear sirens on the way to his parents’ house, Ryan said motorists unrelated to the incident tried to retrieve bodies from the wreckage. He called Woodworth’s actions “serious, blatant” and “more than just reckless”.
After Judge Ryan handed down the longer sentence, Bloskey’s parents hugged family and friends outside the courtroom.
“We did what we came here for,” Sally Bloskey told the crowd. She thanked loved ones between sobs for their help and support. Prior to the sentencing, Ryan said he had received about 100 written statements.
Outside the courthouse, Bloskey’s father said he was pleased the judge listened to the victim’s statements and decided to impose the longer sentence.
“In the end, it won’t bring our son back,” said Jeff Bloskey. “Nothing will ever happen. But in our opinion this is a punishment for this man.”