Plea deal being worked out in airport hit & run case

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)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The criminal case against the man accused of leaving the scene of a deadly auto crash on airport property this past June has been adjourned once again.

Lawrence J. Penna, 68, is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident on June 7th.  NFTA Police say Mr. Penna’s vehicle came in contact with a pickup truck causing it to crash and roll over onto its roof along the airport’s ring road.  Daisy Josiah, 53, of Maplewood, Minnesota was killed in the crash.  Four others were hurt.

Mr. Penna’s felony hearing was scheduled to be held Thursday morning after being postponed in early July.

His attorney, Herbert Greenman, asked Town Justice Paul Piotrowski for a 30-day adjournment while both sides negotiate a plea deal.  

“We’re pretty close to a resolution in this matter,” Mr. Greenman told Justice Piotrowski.

The details of the plea deal were not discussed and Mr. Greenman politely declined to comment on the matter when asked by the Cheektowaga Chronicle.

Mr. Penna returns to Town of Cheektowaga Court on September 27th.

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