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76-Year-Old Woman Sentenced in Deadly Hit and Run Crash

Posted at 11:59 AM, Oct 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-29 20:35:54-04

KENTWOOD, Michigan – A 76-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday for running over a woman trying to help at the scene of a crash.

A Kentwood judge sentenced Gloria VanPutten to $1,000 in fines and $325 in court costs.  Originally she faced up to one year in prison for the incident.

Margaret Pittman, 50, was killed May 30 after trying to grab the driver side door handle of VanPutten’s car.  She accelerated and traveled over Pittman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial accident happened when VanPutten pulled out of her East Paris Avenue driveway and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man.

Back in May, FOX 17 spoke with the family of the woman who was killed as they tried to make sense of the tragedy.