Women Sentenced In Toddler's Death at State Farmers Market
Posted November 16, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — A woman accused of running over and killing a toddler at the State Farmers Market was sentenced Friday.
In September, Bernadette Carrington's car plowed into an automatic teller machine, killing 23-month-old Magdalene Horoszewicz and seriously injuring her father, Peter.
Prosecutors charged Carrington, 25, with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
In court, a teary-eyed Carrington showed deep remorse and read aloud letters she wrote to the Horoszewicz family.
Her statements did not move Judge Donald Overby to the point of lessening her sentence for her death by motor vehicle plea.
Carrington left the courtroom with a 45-day suspended sentence, two years probation, a one-year drivers license suspension and community service. Overby specified the community service requires Carrington to speak about her experience at driver's education classes.
Stacy Miller, the attorney for the Horoszewicz family says his clients were too distraught to attend the trial. He is pleased with the ruling.
"It's a tragedy for everybody involved. Hopefully she can turn and make a difference. I think [the judge] fashioned the judgment to allow her to do that," he says of Carrington.