Patterson woman gets jail time in Turlock hit and run
by PI Staff
May 23, 2012 | 6725 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A 23-year-old Patterson woman was sentenced Tuesday, May 22 to one year in jail, a three-year suspended prison term, and five years of probation for hitting and killing a bicyclist with her car near Turlock in September 2010.

Vanessa Carrillo pleaded guilty April 6 to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges after the court had told her what her sentence would be if she pleaded guilty prior to her plea, according to Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley.

There is no indication how much time Carrillo will actually spend in jail. Sheriff Adam Christianson will decide that, as new laws dealing with overcrowding in prisons and jails give the sheriff the power to determine how much time she serves, Shipley said.

Shipley said Carrillo’s sentence was not unusual for this time of case, given that she had no prior criminal record before the incident.

“We believe it was an appropriate sentence,” she said.

Carrillo admitted to hitting 27-year-old cyclist, Patrick O’Connor, from behind with her 1999 Toyota while driving westbound on Fulkerth Road, just east of North Blaker Road on Sept. 1, 2010.

According to California Highway Patrol reports at the time, Carrillo continued driving home, but admitted in a 9-1-1 call about an hour later that she thought she had hit a dog. Later, after further questioning, Carrillo divulged to officers that she had stopped in the road after she hit the man’s bicycle and, looking in her rear-view mirror, might have seen a body on the ground.

O’Connor, a tax consultant from Sacramento, was reportedly in training for an Iron Man competition at the time.

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pattersonirrigator
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May 24, 2012
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artjedi
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May 24, 2012
So I guess if you have no prior criminal record you can just kill people, drive on a suspended liscence and not have to worry about it. Awesome! I got some hittin'-killin'-and-runnin'to do. I like the overcrowded prison reasoning, too. I would much rather have someone who sells weed taking up that prime real estate in jail than someone who kills another person and leaves.
tigers1997
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May 24, 2012
Don't forget that after you do your killin', then runnin', you can head on down to the local skatepark and ride your bike or board, sans helmet, and smoke, toke and drink to your hearts desire while there.

You will also have all sorts of braggin' rights. When someone is bragging about something they have done, you could always top them by telling the story of how you hit an innocent man, watched him lying in the street, drove around after they took your license, and all you got was the time it spent to appear in court and fake some sympathy. Oh wait, she didn't even do that last part.

It's just become a hittin', killin', runnin', chillin' and no worryin' type of society.

Right now, my list of who I should run over is so long, it's gonna take me a few days to figure out who I am going to run down. I have no record and precedence is set. I am even looking forward to driving without a license.

shleprock
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May 23, 2012
I find it funny how no one cares about the human life,and why didn't she stop? come on she knew what she did,if that's all the time she gets ,that tells everyone out there that it's ok to hit and kill someone.Great justice system we have..


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