Guilty plea in fatal City of Newburgh hit and run

GOSHEN – A Plattekill woman pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo on Monday to one felony count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

The plea came following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a school bus that Deborah Berrios, 52, was driving on November 28, 2018 at about 5:40 a.m. in Robinson Avenue in the City of Newburgh.

At the time of her guilty plea, Berrios admitted she knew she had struck the man with the school bus and that he had been injured. She admitted leaving the scene and not reporting the incident, leaving the dying man in the road.

There were no children of others in the bus at the time of the incident.

Berrios is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Newburgh City and Town Police and State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit were involved in the investigation.

District Attorney David Hoovler said Berrios had no criminal liability for the initial striking of the pedestrian, but “there was no excuse for not stopping and reporting the incident.” He said leaving the “injured and dying man in the roadway without alerting the police, or calling for help, is criminal conduct for which this defendant must be held accountable.”

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