Judge Finds Iowa Basketball Coach’s Son Guilty of Misdemeanor in Fatal Crash

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
September 12, 2023US News
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Judge Finds Iowa Basketball Coach’s Son Guilty of Misdemeanor in Fatal Crash
Police tape in a file photo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

IOWA CITY, Iowa—The teenage son of University of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery was found guilty Tuesday of failure to yield to a pedestrian who later died from injuries suffered in the crash.

A judge found Jonathan McCaffery, 17, guilty of the simple misdemeanor in the crash, which injured Corey J. Hite, 45, of Cedar Rapids. Hite died about two weeks after the crash.

Jonathan will be sentenced Oct. 13. He faces up to a $1,000 fine, a 180-day driver’s license suspension or both.

The crash happened May 22 while Jonathan was driving from his high school in Iowa City. Jonathan was passing stopped cars in a right lane when one of those motorists indicated to a runner that he could cross the multilane street.

Jonathan couldn’t see the runner and hit Hite when he stepped in front of his vehicle. The judge determined Jonathan had not been distracted or using a cellphone.

The ruling followed a trial on Aug. 29.

Hite, who served 27 years in the Iowa Army National Guard, was married with four children.

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