Man Charged in Deadly Hit and Run Upset at Prison Time

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Forty-eight year old Buffalo resident, April Smith was a mother of seven children and had six grandchildren.

Her brother, Langston Austin says the man who hit her, 32 year old Michael Held, should have called an ambulance to help his sister instead of leaving the scene of the accident.

Thursday, a judge sentenced Held to the maximum seven years in prison for leaving the scene of an injury accident involving death.

The judge called Held's actions inhumane and despicable.

On October 2, 2011 Held hit Smith with his SUV while she was walking down Broadway in Buffalo. He fled the scene and got his car repaired shortly after the crash. It took police three weeks to track him down after tips lead them to the Niagara County auto-repair shop where the truck was fixed.

According to the court, Held said he was upset about having to serve prison time.

But despite that information, Held said this in court,

"I just want to apologize to the Smith family for an accident that happened on October 2nd and I just hope, god willing that they can forgive me and that's it," said Held.

Smith's brother is angry at the light sentence, "There's too many hit and run accidents right now by people that's drunk and nobody is changing anything, that's murder! When you leave somebody to die that's a murder that's not just a simple vehicular accident, he killed my sister and drove away and left her to die," said Austin.

The judge says Held is no stranger to the criminal justice system and said it is unfortunate that the maximum sentence he could impose is seven years.

Held's drivers license was also revoked and the judge encouraged Held to read the letters submitted to the court by Smith's family to understand the pain he's caused.