East Windsor Woman To Begin Serving Three Year Sentence Today
Margaret Corrigan was under the influence of the prescription drug Ambien when she hit a 54-year-old man with cerebral palsy
The East Windsor woman who struck and killed a 54-year-old man with cerebral palsy in 2010 was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday, September 13.
Margaret Corrigan, 57, of Harding Court, is scheduled to turn herself into prison today to begin serving her sentence, said Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
Corrigan’s attorney Robert Lytle recently filed a motion for the court to reconsider Corrigan’s sentence, and Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier heard Lytle’s arguments at a hearing Tuesday.
According to a report from NJ.com, Lytle argued Corrigan’s health problems should excuse her from serving her sentence. He reportedly claimed due to medical concerns, Corrigan would not be provided adequate medical care in prison, especially considering she has undergone a number of surgeries and requires the use of a walker.
DeBlasio said Billmeir rejected the argument and ordered Corrigan to report tomorrow morning to begin serving her sentence.
Corrigan pleaded guilty in May to hitting and killing Edward Boye, of East Windsor, after taking a prescription drug and driving, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
She was driving her 1996 Toyota Camry on Dutch Neck Road after leaving the pharmacy on February 16, 2010 when she hit Boye from behind, the prosecutor’s office said. Corrigan admitted to taking the prescription drug Ambien before driving.
Boye, who was riding a three-wheeled bike, was ejected. He was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he died, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Corrigan pleaded guilty to third degree assault and driving under the influence of narcotics. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Corrigan was originally to be sentenced to four years in state prison. She remained free on $25,000 bail.
According to the NJ.com report, Boye’s sister and brother, Edith Hoffman and Fred Boye, attended Corrigan’s sentencing hearing last week. Hoffman reportedly said that she asked Billmeier to require jail time for Corrigan as punishment for her brother’s death.
Hoffman said Corrigan apologized to the Boye family, saying she didn’t mean for the accident to happen, the report said.
Corrigan’s sentence does not call for a minimum amount of time served before sh will be eligibe for parole, DeBlasio said.
She said in addition to the three years in jail, Corrigan will also have her driver’s license suspended for up to seven months after her release.