Guilty Plea In Deadly 2010 Plymouth-Whitemarsh Hit-Run

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Philadelphia woman has admitted in Montgomery County Court to the hit-and-run crash last year that left a Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School senior dead the day after the school’s basketball team won the state championship.

Stephanie Phillips, 20 (above), is facing at least a mandatory year behind bars after pleading guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Authorities say Philips struck Denise Cotteta on a rainy Sunday night when the 17-year-old ran into Germantown Pike in front of the high school during a student celebration last March.

Montgomery County prosecutor Rebecca Strubel says Phillips was not charged with homicide.

“This charge is based solely on the fact that the defendant failed to stop at the scene of the accident as required by law, and was in fact pulled over 2½ miles from the accident scene,” Strubel told KYW Newsradio.  “She did realize she struck a pedestrian, she panicked, and she fled.”

Had Phillips stopped, Strubel says, she would not have been criminally charged.

Police say Phillips was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. kate says:

    ONE YEAR BEHIND BARS?? see that is what a life is worth in Montgomery County

  2. dmac says:

    he got more time than the girl who killed her baby and hid it in the trunk of her VW Beetle

  3. IF YOU HIT SOMEONE STOP !!! says:

    SPEED IS ALWAYS A FACTOR. TOO MANY PEOPLE DRIVE WAY TOO FAST AND
    CANT STOP IN AN EMERGENCY. IM WARY OF CROSSING ANY STREET THESE DAYS. MAKING IT WORSE IS THE HIT AND RUN PEOPLE WHO SUDDENLY FEEL THEY NEED TO FLEE. IT REMINDS ME OF THE COWARDS WHO SHOOT PEOPLE
    THOSE IDIOTS DONT HANG AROUND FOR THE POLICE, AND SAY I DID IT
    NO THEY RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN..

    ITS COMFORTING TO KNOW THEY CAUGHT THIS PERSON. BUT NO COMFORT TO THE DECEASEDS FAMILY

    HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE. AND WHERE IS CRAZY BOB ?????

  4. guest esquire says:

    What a joke that she is not charged with homicide – the entire Montco DA’s office – starting at the top is so politically corrupt! Go back to law school and file the applicable charges you morons!

  5. Anne Frankenstein says:

    PATHETIC JUSTICE.

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