Overall, I'm not really shocked or upset that he didn't get a stiffer penalty.

I know his story sounds a little suspicious, but the woman only had a bruised hip and a cut on her thigh (url=;_ylt=AjCBH8YTsaVcpebLuic_SZX.uLYF?slug=ap-bills-lynchaccident&prov=ap&type=lgns]link[/url]).
I can certainly imagine that those injuries could be caused by a very minor bump/scrape when you're talking an SUV vs. a person.
In the rain, in the dark... maybe he really didn't realize she was hit.

There will no doubt be a civil suit where he'll end up paying her off.
Not the end of the world for her with that.