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US basketballer Kristopher Smith gets 30 days in jail over hit and run death of WA man Andrew Mallard

A young Los Angeles basketball player who hit and killed WA man Andrew Mallard has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars.

Kristopher Ryan Smith, 20, was facing a four-year prison term, but struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Smith will also serve 300 hours of community service and pay a yet-to-be determined restitution to Mr Mallard’s Perth-based family.

Young Los Angeles basketballer Kristopher has avoided a long prison sentence after pleading guilty to the fatal Hollywood hit-and-run death of WA man Andrew Mallard.
Camera IconYoung Los Angeles basketballer Kristopher has avoided a long prison sentence after pleading guilty to the fatal Hollywood hit-and-run death of WA man Andrew Mallard. Credit: Nine News

Mr Mallard’s death was the final cruel twist in a tragic life for the 56-year-old from Perth.

Mr Mallard was wrongly imprisoned for 12 years in Australia for the 1994 death of Perth jeweller Pamela Lawrence.

His conviction was quashed by the High Court in 2005, he received a $3.25 million ex-gratia payment and had been trying to move on with his life.

However, he was struck by Smith’s vehicle and left to die while crossing Sunset Blvd in Hollywood about 1.30am on April 18 last year.

Smith, who played basketball for Inglewood High School and East LA College, surrendered to the LAPD five days later.

Screenshot from video following the death of Andrew Mallard in Los Angeles.
Camera IconScreenshot from video following the death of Andrew Mallard in Los Angeles. Credit: 7News

He was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

Smith claimed in a TV interview on April 25 he did not see Mr Mallard as he walked across Sunset Blvd.

“I panicked,” Smith told LA TV station CBS2.

“I just went home to my mum.”

Andrew Mallard with his sister Jacqui Mallard and mother Grace Mallard.
Camera IconAndrew Mallard with his sister Jacqui Mallard and mother Grace Mallard. Credit: ALLEN STEWART/News Limited

In 2019, family members told The West Australian that Mr Mallard was visiting his fiancé in Los Angeles at the time of the tragic crash and had been looking forward to getting married.

“We are so devastated that Andrew’s life has been cut short,” his sister, Jacqui Mallard said.

“He suffered injustice and spent almost 12 years in prison for something he didn’t do.”

“Those years were taken from him and now his life has been taken. We are heartbroken,” she said.

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