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Driver acquitted in 2008 NE Pa. hit-run crash

June 19, 2014
dsp Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been acquitted in a hit-and-run crash that killed another woman in northeastern Pennsylvania almost six years ago.

A judge deliberated for just under half an hour Wednesday in Luzerne County before acquitting 29-year-old Megan Panowicz of a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

Authorities in Kingston alleged that the former Forty Fort resident was the first of three drivers to hit 32-year-old Sharon Shaughnessy as she tried to cross a street in August 2008

Panowicz had taken the stand earlier in the day to testify tearfully that she panicked, left the scene and didn't report the accident until nearly 12 hours later.

She said "I was in such a state of shock. I had to get away. I just reacted."



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