Passenger Sentenced in Amherst Hit-and-Run Accident

by emallernee | September 28th, 2011

September 28, 2011

A passenger in a 2009 hit-and-run accident who encouraged the driver to flee the scene was sentenced to 30 days in jail today and led away from a courtroom in Amherst, New York in handcuffs.

The accident in question occurred on March 7, 2009, when an SUV driven by a Town of Tonawanda female hit and seriously injured two young women on Main Street in Amherst and then fled the scene.

One of the victims suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent over two months in the hospital.

The victim addressed the court on Wednesday, saying, “I have been given a life sentence of recovery. I feel my punishment is much worse. These are two people who had no care for anyone but themselves. I hope he takes his 30 days to think long and hard about what he’s done to my life and [the other victim’s] life.”

The driver in the crash previously pled guilty and was charged with a felony for leaving the scene of the accident. She is now serving a one- to three-year prison sentence.

The passenger, her boyfriend, admits that he told his girlfriend to leave the scene but now says he’s “deeply sorry” and apologized for his “lack of actions involving this unfortunate car accident.”

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