Williamsville man sentenced to probation in deadly hit and run

Posted at 5:27 PM, Feb 09, 2018

A 68-year-old Williamsville man has been sentenced to five years probation for his role in a deadly hit and run.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Lawrence Penna will also have his driver’s license revoked for one year. In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death.

In June of that year, Penna was driving to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport when his car collided with another vehicle, which was traveling over the speed limit.

Authorities say the driver of that vehicle was carrying four women from Minnesota. The crash caused the vehicle to flip over, killing 53-year-old Daisy Josiah and injuring four other women.

According to investigators, Penna continued to drive, picked up a family member and left the scene. He later admitted to his involvement.

Prosecutors say if Penna had remained at the scene, he would not have faced any criminal charges.


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