Woman convicted of fatal hit-and-run in Elmira sentenced
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Sara Harnas, the woman who was arrested for driving away after hitting and killing a bicyclist in Elmira, was sentenced to state prison today.
As WENY News reported, the incident happened on Grand Central Avenue in Elmira on April 9. Police later arrested her in Elmira Heights after pulling her over.
The man killed was 68-year-old Charles Rogers.
As WENY News reported, Harnas was initially indicted on several charges, including vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
However, under a plea agreement, Harnas was convicted of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a felony.
Friday, Harnas was given the maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to four years in prison, plus $4,445 in restitution.
In court, Harnas waived her right to say anything. Judge Richard Rich said he couldn't fathom anything other than the maximum sentence in this case, adding it was a horrible case on numerous fronts, like Harnas' BAC level and the fact she fled the scene.
According to the indictment, Harnas had a BAC of .22%.
The family of the victim, Charles Rogers, spoke to WENY's reporter before leaving court today and said the ruling brings closure “in some respect”.