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Essex woman pleads guilty in hit-and-run that left Goucher lacrosse player dead

A Towson University student who struck and killed a Goucher College lacrosse player in Towson last year while driving drunk has received a six-month sentence.

Kayla Wiseman, 24, of Essex pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and one count of felony hit-and-run in the death of Matthew Gabriel, 19, of Austin, Texas, on April 13, 2014. Wiseman entered the plea and was sentenced at a hearing Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

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Police said Wiseman was driving north on Dulaney Valley Road as Gabriel was crossing the roadway. Police said Gabriel was not in a crosswalk.

Wiseman fled was later located and charged with hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

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Wiseman's attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein, said Friday he argued for a lesser sentence on grounds that Wiseman did not cause the accident and that she did not change the outcome by leaving the scene.

"She panicked because she was drunk," he said. "She just made a bad choice in this case."

According to the statement of facts in the case, Wiseman had been drinking at a Towson pub and declined a friend's offer to drive her home. She told police she saw people running across the road and knew she had hit something but continued driving.

Alperstein said his client met with Gabriel's parents and sister this week to apologize.

Members of Gabriel's family did not respond to a request for comment Friday, nor did Assistant State's Attorney Michael S. Fuller, who prosecuted the case.

Wiseman was sentenced to three years, with all but six months suspended, followed by three years of supervised probation, court records show. As a condition of probation, Alperstein said, his client also will serve 100 hours of community service warning others about the dangers of drinking and driving.

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