A taxi driver convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Atlantic City has been sentenced to five years in state prison.
Jean Sene of Pleasantville argued at trial that his cab didn't hit 88-year-old Bu Do Jo as she crossed the street in December 2011. His defense team claimed the woman fell and was then hit by a jitney, which caused her death, so Sene did not feel that he was not required to stop.
The judge, though, told jurors they could only determine whether the defendant was involved in the accident and if he knowingly left the scene.
Defense lawyer Steve Feldman told The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/17dnyBw) that he plans to appeal the judge's ruling and the verdict. Feldman said the ruling could make anyone who happens to pass by a fatal accident responsible if they fail to stop.
"Let the Appellate Division tell me I'm wrong,'' he said.
Sene, who maintains his innocence, continued to operate his cab until he was stopped by police nearly three hours later. During his sentencing on Friday, he expressed his condolences to Jo's family.
"I am very sorry for what happened because somebody's life is very important,'' Sene said at his sentencing. "The victim could be my mother. I am very, very sorry for that.''