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Hit-and-run driver who killed Mega 97.9’s DJ Jinx Paul gets 90 days in jail


DJ Jinx Paul. (Facebook)

The hit-and-run driver who mowed down and killed a popular radio host on a Brooklyn street was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail, five years probation and 100 hours of community service.

Kevin Ozoria, 28, was originally scheduled to be sentenced May 1 but that was postponed after authorities revealed he had been arrested recently on felony sex abuse charges, which violated his plea agreement.

Ozoria had pleaded to leaving the scene of the December 19, 2016, crash in East New York that killed Mega 97.9 FM host DJ Jinx Paul , whose real name was Jean Paul Guerrero. Guerrero had just finished a DJ gig at a party and was crossing the street when he was struck.

Instead of reporting the incident, which occurred at the intersection of Jamaica and Scheffield Aves., Ozoria took the car to a nearby body shop and asked the owner not to park the car on the street, authorities said. The suspicious owner called cops after seeing a news report about DJ Jinx Paul’s death.

Ozoria’s sex abuse charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor because the victim, a relative, was just over 13.

“This case, as horrendous as it seems, and as horrendous as it is, throughout lengthy negotiation somehow council and the DA’s office reached a resolution,” said judge Danny Chun. “Now, given that the new charge is not a felony, it would be somewhat unfair to sandbag the defendant. It would be really harsh I suppose, to sandbag him for just being arrested for a misdemeanor.”

Guerrero’s family had pressed for jail time.

“The resolution of this case is good for me because I’m a person of peace,” said the victim’s father, Humberto Guerrero. “I appreciate it, as does my wife and other members of the family and all the people who have stood beside me.”

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said the hit-and-run problem in New York is an epidemic.

“The city lost one of the great entertainment workers, and nothing will bring back the life of that great New Yorker,” Rodriguez said. “However, I hope that the message to all drivers in the city of New York is that it’s a crime to leave the scene after hitting someone.”