Orange County Woman Guilty in 2014 Fatal Hit and Run
An Orange County woman admitted guilt in an intoxicated 2014 fatal hit and run.
In Orange County Court Monday, 31-year-old Linda Ibrahim, of Cornwall plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the hit and run death of a Newburgh man who was walking to work on Walsh Avenue in the Town of New Windsor on January 9, 2014.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Ibrahim admitted she was drunk while driving around 5:30 a.m. when she fatally struck the victim.
The deceased man’s family contacted police after he failed to show up for work. His body was later found in a creek near Walsh Avenue. Ibrahim was arrested less than a week later, following an investigation by the Town of New Windsor Police Department.
Ibrahim rejected a plea to criminal negligent homicide with a recommendation of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. Following extensive hearings the matter was scheduled for trial on Monday. She plead guilty to the higher charge before a jury was to selected.
Ibrahim faces up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison when she is sentenced on Oct 25.
“This plea assures that this defendant will finally have to face the consequences of her actions,” District Attorney David Hoovler stated. “This plea agreement was arrived at only after consultation with the victim’s family, who approved of its terms. We will be recommending the maximum sentence allowed under the law when the defendant is sentenced. The defendant’s conduct in drinking while driving and then not reporting that she had struck the victim with her car, depriving him of any hope of rescue, is deserving of a state prison sentence. I commend the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their investigation of a complex and difficult case.”