SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A motorist who was speeding when he fatally struck a woman crossing a street during a hike with family members in northern San Diego was sentenced Monday to 120 days in custody.
Lawrence Farry, 26, was convicted last month of misdemeanor gross vehicular manslaughter in the death last August of 56-year-old Joan Milazzo in the community of Del Sur.
Superior Court Judge Frederic Link ordered Farry to spend the first 30 days of his custody in the county jail and the remaining time on electronic monitoring. Farry was also placed on three years probation and ordered to do 25 days of public work service.
Link told the defendant that he had to take responsibility for his own actions.
"You killed somebody, based on stupidity," the judge said, "and you gotta pay for it."
Authorities said Farry had argued with his mother and was on his way to work around 9:50 a.m. Aug. 30 when his speeding car struck Milazzo in the 14900 block of Camino Del Sur. The victim, who had been hiking with her husband and sister, died at a hospital about an hour later.
Farry, a UCLA graduate who had no prior criminal record, was traveling between 81-87 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone, according prosecutor Chandelle Konstanzer. The defendant remained at the scene.
Farry apologized for his actions and asked the victim's family to forgive him.
"This accident left me shattered," he said. "(It) devastated me on every level. My speeding was wrong. I beg for (forgiveness)."
Konstanzer said Farry acted "recklessly" by driving so fast.
Paul Milazzo, the victim's husband, said his family was satisfied with Farry's sentence.
"Nothing is going to bring Joan back," the widower said, adding that Farry's remorse seemed genuine.
Kathleen Milazzo, the victim's daughter, said the accident was a "lose-lose" for both families.
"I think forgiveness is definitely a possibility in the near future," she said outside court.
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