Fran McCaffery’s son to be sentenced in traffic death

The teenage son of Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery will be sentenced Oct. 13 after being found guilty of failing to yield to a pedestrian, which caused the death of a jogger.Jonathan “Jack” McCaffery, 17, faced that lone misdemeanor charge after he struck and killed 45-year-old Corey J. Hite of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while driving home from school on May 22.The Des Moines Register reported that under Iowa law, McCaffery faces a 180-day driver’s license suspension, a $1,000 fine, or both, at sentencing in Johnson County (Iowa) District Court.The McCafferys, in a statement issued in July, acknowledged that Jack was the driver of a 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe that struck Hite, 45, of Cedar Rapids, but said investigators told them the accident was “unavoidable.”Hite, a 27-year veteran of the National Guard and a sergeant first class, initially was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis, multiple skull fractures and holes in both his lung and kidney. He died June 4.Judge Mark Neary, in announcing his ruling on Tuesday, said Jack McCaffery wasn’t distracted or impaired and that he was driving at or near the 35 mph speed limit when the accident occurred, the Register reported.Neary determined that a mail truck obstructed McCaffery’s view and that he couldn’t see Hite in the crosswalk but should have taken more care before proceeding when he saw cars in the right-hand lane stopped.