Attorney: Girl, 17, Charged In Deadly Hit-And-Run Was Scared, Inexperienced Driver

August 03, 2018 - 10:01 am

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A recent high school graduate stood accused Friday in a deadly hit-and-run in Greenlawn, Long Island.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, it was midnight Wednesday night when the accident happened on the southbound shoulder of Broadway at the intersection with Legacy Court.

Veronica Borracci, 17 – who had only had her license for three weeks – claimed she did not realize she had hit Sair Rodriguez, 32, who was walking on the side of the road as he came home from  working at a restaurant.

Prosecutors said Borracci drove off. Rodriguez died a short time later.

“Let me say how sorry we are for the Rodriguez family,” said Borracci’s mother. “We cannot express our condolences deeply enough. And I know my daughter feels the same – the first thing she asks each time she’s been spoken to. So that is just our number one comment.”

Borracci was coming home from baking cookies and cupcakes at a friend’s house. No drugs, alcohol, or texting were involved.

Instead, it was all about a scared, inexperienced driver who turned herself in eight hours later, said Borracci’s attorney, Christopher Cassar.

“She realized she hit something,” Cassar said. “But an individual – I don’t think she realized that till the next day.”

Borracci, a recent graduate of Commack High School with a scholarship to study at SUNY Potsdam in the fall, was released on $100,000 bond. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.