Williamsville man pleads guilty in deadly hit-and-run

Posted at 4:06 PM, Nov 03, 2017

A Williamsville man faces up to seven years in prison, after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a deadly rollover crash at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Back in June, 68-year-old Lawrence Penna was on his way to pick up a family member at the airport, when he crashed into a pickup truck, causing that truck to flip. 53-year-old Daisy Josiah was killed, and two other women in the truck were injured. The women had flown into Buffalo from Minnesota for a religious conference. 

Surveillance video captured Penna get out of his car after the accident and look at the rolled-over truck, before driving around the airport parking lot to pick his family member. Penna then drove past the accident again as he left the airport.

Had Penna remained on the scene, he would not have faced any criminal charges, prosecutors said.

Penna is set to be sentenced on February 9 at 2 p.m.