CHARLESTON -- A woman received the maximum probation sentence that included six months in jail Monday when she admitted that her vehicle hit and killed a man in Oakland earlier this year.

Danielle D. McConnell pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury.

McConnell, no current address available in court records, was accused of driving her car in Oakland on the night of Feb. 26 when she hit a pedestrian, Michael Hoskinson, a 42-year-old Oakland resident, then leaving the scene.

Hoskins was later found dead the next morning at the location of the accident, Danville Road at East Blevins Street, on the northeast side of Oakland.

The charge to which McConnell pleaded guilty on Monday was a felony offense that also could have brought a one- to three-year prison sentence. With the agreement in her case, she received the maximum probation term of 2 1/2 years.

The agreement also included dismissal of a charge that also contained the allegation that she didn't report the accident within a half-hour of it taking place. A conviction for that offense could have resulted in a four- to 15-year prison term or up to four years of probation.

On Monday, defense attorney Sean Britton said the agreement included consideration that the incident was McConnell's first criminal conviction. He described the incident as "a tragedy all around."

The accident occurred at night and the investigation showed that Hoskinson was walking in the road at the time, Britton said.

McConnell didn't know her car hit Hoskinson and she didn't begin to realize she was involved until the next day when she heard about it and saw damage to her car, Britton also said. He added that there were no signs of impairment on McConnell's part.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher, who prosecuted the case, wasn't available for comment Monday. Previously, he said McConnell tried to contact police about the accident about two to three days later but she couldn't reach anyone.

Terms of McConnell's probation sentence included six months in jail starting Oct. 9 and she won't receive day-for-day good time reductions on the jail time.

She was also ordered to pay just more than $5,100 in restitution to cover expenses related to the Hoskinson's funeral expenses.

Also, McConnell was ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine any counseling needed and to follow the evaluation's recommendations.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien accepted the terms of the plea agreement that Bucher and Britton recommended.


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