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Williamsville man gets probation following fatal hit-and-run at airport

A Williamsville man was sentenced to five years' probation by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case and had his driver’s license revoked for one year, following an accident last year in which one woman was killed and four others injured, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Friday.

Lawrence Penna, 68, was driving to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport June 7 to pick up family members when his car hit another vehicle on Luiz F. Kahl Way, the District Attorney's Office said.

The driver of that vehicle was carrying four women from Minnesota who had arrived to attend a religious conference. The crash caused the vehicle to flip over, killing Daisy Josiah, 53, of Maplewood, Minn., the District Attorney's Office said. Four other women were also injured, the District Attorney's Office said.

Penna continued to drive to the airport and left the scene, the DA's Office said.

If Penna, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death, had remained at the scene, he would not have faced any criminal charges, the District Attorney's Office said.

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