BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local attorney is heading to prison for a hit and run accidentthat killed a Hilbert College student. John Duffy pleaded for mercyin a Buffalo courtroom.
Susan Sorbera said, "1:35 a.m. on October 18 I was jolted awakeby the sound of my daughter's voice. She said, 'Mama, I'm hurt. Ineed you. Please come.'"
This mother's nightmare turned out to be reality.
Minutes after she woke, Susan Sorbera and her husband, Pete, gotthe phone call every parent dreads.
Sorbera said, "My husband came running down the hall saying 'getup, Meghan was just hit by a car.'"
John Duffy, a lawyer at the time, was driving the car the hitHilbert College student Meghan Sorbera as she was walking home fromwork along South Park in Hamburg.
The judge sentenced him Thursday to the maximum, two and a thirdto seven years in prison, for leaving the scene of the accidentwhich ultimately claimed Meghan's life.
John Duffy said, "Mr. and Mrs. Sorbera, I did not know I hityour daughter."
Duffy admitted he was drinking that night and didn't turnhimself into police until days after the accident.
He says he acted irrationally by trying to get his sport utilityvehicle fixed out of town and hiding evidence. Prosecutors say hewent to extremes to protect himself.
Assistant District Attorney Lynette Reda said, "Mr. Duffy stagedan accident, and threw pieces of his damaged vehicle nearpreexisting skid marks to make it look like his vehicle was damagedpreviously in an accident in Orchard Park."
The now disbarred attorney, husband and father of threeapologized to the family he changed forever.
Duffy said, "I acted like a person completely out of control,and selfishly thought only about the impact my actions had on mylife, my wife, and my family."
Sorbera said, "Because of all of your actions, Mr. Duffy, I willnot now or ever be able to forgive you for taking away my bestfriend."
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