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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown woman was sentenced Thursday, for her role in a hit skip accident, that injured five people last year.

Rochelle Taylor, 21, of Youngstown was behind the wheel of the car that struck five people on Hylda Avenue and then fled the scene in February of 2013.  The group had gathered to hold a vigil in memory of Robert Brown Jr., who was killed by a hit and run driver along the same street earlier.

"I would like to apologize for my action.  I didn't do purposely.  It was an accident.  I take full responsibility.  I am remorseful," said Taylor in court.

Taylor, who pleaded guilty to the charges, will avoid jail time.  Judge John Durkin sentenced her to five years probation and 200 hours of community service.  One of her victims, Tyler Austin, who's had 10 surgeries since the accident doesn't believe the punishment fits the crime.

"She wanted her sentence to be less.  So, when she got up and she was talking to the judge she said, 'Oh, I just want to say I am sorry.', it was never directly towards me.  She never came to me and told me she is sorry because I was the one involved in the incident," said Austin.

Austin's mother, Antonette, shared photos of her son's injuries with Judge Durkin, who has also ordered Taylor to pay $5,000 in restitution.

"I wish there was more I could do as it relates to ordering restitution to you.  I wish I could find a million dollar policy and order it be paid to you and still then it wouldn't suffice for what you've been through and what you will go through," said Judge Durkin.

More surgeries are anticipated for Tyler, who has already spent over $7,000 in out of pocket medical expenses.
His insurance company has paid over a half million dollars for his care since the accident.

 

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