Woman gets probation in hit-run death of boy

February 26, 2010

An elderly Pennsylvania woman was sentenced this week to two years of probation and community service in the hit-and-run death of an 11-year-old boy from Baltimore last year. Fern Ness, 79, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge in the Memorial Day weekend death of Derek Johnson II in York County, Pa. Investigators said the boy was thrown more than 60 feet after Ness hit him as he was riding his bicycle near Jacobus. Prosecutors said Derek slid into Ness' path while trying to stop his bike at an intersection. Ness told investigators that she did not know she had hit the boy, who was visiting family. A defense attorney apologized to Derek's family in court on Ness' behalf.

- Associated Press

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