Airport hit-and-run driver gets five years probation

Lawrence J. Penna and his attorney Herbert Greenman appear before Town Justice Paul Piotrowski on August 17, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Lawrence J. Penna and his attorney Herbert Greenman appear before Town Justice Paul Piotrowski on August 17, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

BUFFALO – The man responsible for the death of a Minnesota woman last June was sentenced in Erie County Court Friday.

Lawrence Penna, 68, of Williamsville will serve five years probation and will have his driver license revoked for one year.

Mr. Penna was driving to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport to pick up family members when his car collided with another vehicle.  The driver of that vehicle was carrying four women from Minnesota who had arrived in Buffalo to attend a religious conference. The crash caused the vehicle to flip over, killing 53-year-old Daisy Josiah of Maplewood, Minnesota.

 

After the crash, Mr. Penna continued to drive, picked up his family member at the airport and left the scene. Police found the defendant at his home where he admitted his involvement. 

If Mr. Penna had remained at the scene, he would not have faced any criminal charges.  He pleaded guilty to Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Death this past November.