BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Ashley Sawicki, 22, has been sentenced to six months in the Erie County Jail and five years probation after that.
As part of the conditions of her probation, the judge is requiring her to speak at high schools and colleges about the consequences of drinking, driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Back in August, Sawicki pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of 2014 accident resulting in the death of Jennifer Martello.
Sawicki told police she had been drinking with her mother out at some local bars when she got behind the wheel and hit Martello as Martello was walking down Big Tree Road.
Sawicki admitted that she then got out of the car, saw Martello’s body, and drove away.
Tips to police eventually lead them to question Sawicki.
And in court Tuesday, Sawicki said she could not even put into words how sorry she was, adding that she did not expect anyone to forgive her.
But, when Martello’s husband, Sam, addressed the court and Sawicki, he said he did forgive Sawicki, and that he did not want her life to be ruined.
The judge, in handing down the sentence, said that by requiring Sawicki to share her story with other young people as a condition of her parole, that she hoped some good would come out of this tragic case.