Judge sentences Thomas Stidhum to 14 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed runner

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 13:43:33-04

CINCINNATI -- A judge sentenced the man convicted of hitting and killing a runner with his car in December 2015.

A judge sentenced Thomas Stidhum Wednesday to 14 years in prison and $15,000 in fines for the death of Cathy Chatfield.

A Hamilton County jury found Stidhum guilty on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, failure to stop following an accident and tampering with evidence.


Investigators said Stidhum ran over and killed Chatfield as she ran on a sidewalk during the Seven Hills Run/Walk on Dorchester Avenue in Mount Auburn. Prosecutors said Stidhum drove his Chrysler 300 at 60 mph, lost control, jumped the curb and hit Chatfield. After crashing into a wall, Stidhum got out, tried to remove the license plates, and took off running, according to prosecutors.