ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A southern California woman who investigators said hit and killed a woman in Orlando in 2012 was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday.
Jennifer Toth was convicted in the hit-and-run accident that killed Disney World intern Liu Ye.
Toth was a banker visiting Orlando on a business trip when investigators said she ran a red light, hit Ye, and didn’t call police for hours.
The incident happened on State Road 535 near Meadow Creek Drive in the tourist area.
Ye’s parents, who live in China, appealed for a lengthier sentence when they spoke via Skype through a translator.
Her mother was tearful and showed the court a photo of her 22-year-old daughter.
She said their suffering will never end.
In a show of solidarity, eight of Ye’s Disney colleagues sat in on the sentencing.
There were tears on both sides, as Toth’s sister and friends flew in to ask the judge for a leniency.
“She’s always gentle, she’s kind, she’s loving,” said Toth’s friend, Joyce Kim.
The judge said what Toth did to Ye was unacceptable.
“Had Miss Toth stopped, instead of left, she would be charged with absolutely nothing,” said Judge Jennifer Davis. “One has to stop and it’s an illegal choice not to stop.”
So far this year, the Florida Highway Patrol has investigates 34 deadly hit-and-run crashed statewide.
Nine of them have been in central Florida.
Toth could have spent 30 years in prison for the crime.
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