Irondequoit woman pleads guilty in 2018 deadly hit-and-run

Updated: December 13, 2019 12:25 PM
Created: December 13, 2019 06:30 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The woman charged in a deadly hit-and-run pleaded guilty in county court on Friday — nearly two years after it happened.

Police say Patricia Sprague of Irondequoit hit 62-year-old Nilsa Rivera on Clifford Avenue in March 2018. Rivera was walking in the roadway after a bad snowstorm made the sidewalks impassable.


Sprague turned herself in about a month later.

In court Friday morning, Sprague admitted that she hit Rivera and didn't stop to check on her or call 911 She pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident that resulted in death, which is a felony. As part of the plea deal, she will be sentenced to 16 weekends in jail and 5 years probation. 

Assistant District Attorney Raymond Benitez said based on the evidence in the case, this was the best outcome.

"The people and the community are protected in the sense that this person is going to be under the supervision of probation for five years under certain conditions, and if she violates any of those conditions, she could still be sentenced all the way up to 2 1/3  to 7 years in state prison," Benitez said.

"The best way to put it was this was an accident with an extra layer," defense attorney Teo Siguenza said. "Certainly no allegations that my client intended to do so, or acting with any malice, or forethought. But today she did accept responsibility for the actions of that date, which she regrets."

News10NBC spoke with Rivera's sister shortly after Sprague's arrest.

"You're a mother, too," Lydia Rollins said. "You should understand the pain we are going through. Losing a member of your family in the way that it's cruel. You is not human and you is going to pay."

Sentencing is scheduled for March 16.

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