76-Year-Old Woman Sentenced in Deadly Hit and Run Crash

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KENTWOOD, Michigan – A 76-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday for running over a woman trying to help at the scene of a crash.

A Kentwood judge sentenced Gloria VanPutten to $1,000 in fines and $325 in court costs.  Originally she faced up to one year in prison for the incident.

Margaret Pittman, 50, was killed May 30 after trying to grab the driver side door handle of VanPutten’s car.  She accelerated and traveled over Pittman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial accident happened when VanPutten pulled out of her East Paris Avenue driveway and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man.

Back in May, FOX 17 spoke with the family of the woman who was killed as they tried to make sense of the tragedy.

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6 comments

  • Randy

    wow..no jail for killing someone….so being a woman and 76 years old makes it ok and you can kill whoever you want…THAT is what the judge is telling the rest of the world with a judgement this horrible..

  • Brandon

    Someone's life is only worth $1,325? I hope the family sues her and helps to kick this judge out of office. This is a pure example of utter BS.

  • xyz!

    Could it be that this woman who is being charged could have been afraid or spooked by some stranger "Grabbing" her door-?These days you just don't go up to someones drivers door and try to open it!
    How could the elderly woman possibly have known what the "good samaritans" intent was? With all the scare tactics that Media and tv use telling people to always be afraid, For all the elderly lady knew is
    that seeing someone snatching at her door, She possibly could have felt threatened and tried to get away? I think people really need to be careful and it is not okay to try to open anyones door- it could be misunderstood as aggression
    Plus the city taking money "fines" makes them low by taking blood money!.