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Katz had the rigt of way (illustration)
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NY: Driver who killed Israeli gets 60 days

Woman without driver's license gets wrist-slap sentence even though she left victim dying after hitting him with car

A New York court sentenced a woman who accidentally hit and killed an Israeli with her car to 60 days in prison, the New York Post reports.


According to the report, Naisha Sutton, 26, had no driver's license, made an illegal left turn, and even fled the scene as her victim, Ronen Katz, 27, lay dying beside his motorcycle in the SoHo neighborhood in 2010.


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Katz, a hedge fund executive, had the right of way when he was struck by Sutton's vehicle.


Sutton was spared a harsher sentence because she was not speeding or drinking, and because she had stopped her car for long enough to ask passersby to call emergency services. But she left the site of the crash before the police arrived.


Sutton's attorney said that she had her 22-month-old toddler in the back seat when she crashed, and she “panicked” when she heard the sirens approaching. She turned herself in three hours later.


The young mom pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident instead of the more serious charges of negligent-homicide or reckless-manslaughter, which she could have faced. She is to serve three years’ probation upon her release.



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