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Teen heads to court for fatal hit-and-run accident

November 20, 2018

GREENWICH — A Greenwich teenager who pleaded guilty to being the hit-and-run driver in a collision that killed a pedestrian more than two years ago is due in court for sentencing next week.

Andrew Schmidt is expected to stand before a judge Nov. 28 and learn how many months he will serve in prison for his role in the death of Edward Setterberg, 43, on East Putnam Avenue in 2016.

Schmidt, 19, accepted an offer in September made by a Superior Court judge that would sentence him to one to three years in prison, as well as probation, in exchange for pleading guilty. Schmidt was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars for the felony charges of evading responsibility involving a fatality and manslaughter.

He has been free on $100,000 bond since his arrest, weeks after the April 2016 fatality near Hillside Road.

The terms of the guilty plea, as offered by Judge Gary White, will also give Schmidt five years of probation in addition to the maximum three years of incarceration.

In addition to the criminal charges involved in the pedestrian fatality, Schmidt will also settle another criminal complaint lodged against him in December 2017. Police charged him with a felony count of criminal mischief after he was accused of driving on a grassy field near I-95 in central Greenwich, causing damage to a town-owned property.

The hit-and-run case has been a lengthy one, in part over initial deliberations over whether Schmidt would be charged as an adult or as a juvenile. He was 17 at the time of the fatal collision.

Prosecutors charged him with a criminal count that has no provision for juvenile offenders, and a judge later agreed he could be tried as an adult. Juvenile court typically imposes lesser sentences on defendants and tries cases in private. The police investigation, requiring a number of search warrants for records and other evidence, was also lengthy.

Setterberg, 43, of Cos Cob, was the owner of home-remodeling business. He was also an avid outdoorsman.

Authorities said Schmidt was driving a 2006 Mercedes-Benz after a day of activities with friends when he sped down the Post Road and struck Setterberg, who was taking an evening walk.

The judge will take into account a presentencing report, looking at a range of issues concerning the case and the defendant, before deciding the outcome. Schmidt’s defense has been handled by attorney Gene Riccio. State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo has taken the lead in the prosecution of the case.

rmarchant@greenwichtime.com

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