NEW YORK (PIX11)—The hit-and-run driver who left Mayor Bloomberg's aide in a vegetative state has been sentenced to one-and-a-third to four years in prison for the crime.
Francis Jasmin received the maximum sentence allowed and a $1,000 fine for fleeing the scene of an accident after striking Erinn Phelan, 24, in February 2010. The judge also recommended that Jasmin's driver's license be revoked. Phelan, a Brown University graduate, was crossing Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn with her friend, Alma Guerrero, when Jasmin's Acura Legend struck the women.
Phelan, who was a coordinator with Bloomberg's NYC City Corps, had pushed Guerrero out of the path of the oncoming car. Prosecutors said that Jasmin was drinking, talking on her cell phone and speeding at the time of the accident.
Jasmin turned herself in to authorities days after the incident. Police had found her damaged car abandoned blocks away.