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A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident and driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol stemming from a hit-and-run collision with a motorcycle last summer.
Jennifer Garno, a 36-year-old West Side resident, admitted she drove her pickup truck through a red light on West Utica Street into the path of 51-year-old Jeffrey Stanton, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. A laboratory analysis of Garno’s blood revealed morphine, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in her system, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a release.
Ejected from his motorcycle, Stanton suffered a broken leg and head injuries. He spent more than two months in Erie County Medical Center, according to prosecutors, and requires further treatment and rehabilitation.
After the June 5 collision, Garno partially disrobed and fled on foot. She allegedly took off her pink top to reduce her visibility as she left the crash scene at 10 p.m. She climbed a fence on West Utica and ran south on Delaware Avenue. Accident witnesses followed her and assisted police officers, who were able to locate Garno and take her into custody.
Garno faces a maximum prison sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years when sentenced Feb. 27 by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.