Man gets 90 days in jail for fatal hit and run crash

Man gets 90 days in jail for fatal hit and run crash

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Nicholas Linsk; Marwan Maalouf Nicholas Linsk; Marwan Maalouf

He pled guilty to hitting a valley neurologist riding his bike and then leaving the scene in Fountain Hills.

On Friday, the man behind the wheel in that tragic accident learned his punishment.

Nicholas Linsk was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 5 years of probation and 500 hours of community service.  He'll also have to pay the victim's family over $18,000 in restitution.

Family and colleagues of the victim, Dr. Marwan Maalouf, spoke for about an hour and a half about the co-worker, brother and son they lost.

We talked to Maalouf's former boss at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute about the strides he was making in the battle against Alzheimer's Disease.

At 38-years-old, Dr. Maalouf was already an accomplished scientist and loved doctor at Barrow.

"It's been very difficult.. it was a huge loss for us.  Dr. Maalouf was really a rising star as a neurologist and a scientist. It's very rare that someone has the ability and intellectual power to do both of those things," said Dr. Ronald Lukas, VP of Research and Neurobiology.

Before he was hit and killed on October 14, 2012, he told one of his nurses he needed five years and $5 million and he could cure cancer.

"Not too many people have done those kinds of studies, but those studies look extremely promising and we definitely have a setback because of this talented scientist and his loss directing such a program," said Lukas.

Dr. Maalouf made what many call groundbreaking research on how diet affects Alzheimer's patients.  While he is gone, he has inspired others to continue his legacy.

"I think in part of because some of the advancements... there are other people who are interested.  There's a broad scientific community.. this work shows enough that a number of people are following up on it," said Lukas.

In court, Linsk heard heart wrenching testimony from those who knew the doctor.  A tutor helping the 33 year old earn a graduate degree asked the judge to show leniency because she believes Linsk has cognitive disabilities and social immaturity.

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