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Woman sentenced to 3 to 6 years in 2017 hit-run death

July 24, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to three to six years in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in western Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 30-year-old Melinda Gregor tearfully apologized before an Allegheny County judge imposed the mandatory term Wednesday.

She said “I know me saying ‘I’m sorry’ a million times won’t change anything, but I just want to say I’m so sorry to your family.” Defense attorney Phil DiLucente said his hadn’t committed “an intentional act to hurt or kill someone.”

Common Pleas Court Judge Beth Lazzara, however, said Gregor knew she had struck something when she hit 50-year-old Michael Menner in December 2017, and jurors who convicted of her of failure to render aid didn’t believe her story that she thought she had struck a deer.

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