Woman gets prison in wheelchair death hit-and-run

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WILKES-BARRE (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to at least a year in prison for a hit-and-run that killed a man crossing the street in a wheelchair.


Twenty-one-year-old Kingston resident Danielle Castrignano apologized in court Thursday. She says she kept driving because she didn’t know she had hit someone; she has said previously she thought she hit a shopping cart.


Twenty-year-old Cory Ryan had been using a wheelchair as he recovered from a car crash. He was crossing the street with his girlfriend and some friends in downtown Wilkes-Barre when he was struck June 15.


Luzerne County Judge David Lupas sentenced Castrignano to the mandatory minimum of one to two years in state prison on a charge of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. Castrignano had previously pleaded guilty.


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