Irondequoit/Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Vincent Mannillo was sentenced Thursday for a hit-and-run that killed an 87-year-old woman last November.
Mannillo, 63, was sentenced on one count of criminally negligent homicide for the death of Joan Dierna. On November 10, 2018, police say she was killed when a truck hit her as she walked from her driveway to her mailbox on Bay View Road. There were no witnesses, but security cameras on nearby homes captured a photo of a commercial truck in the area near the time of the incident.
Mannillo was charged and later indicted for criminally negligent homicide - a charge that the Monroe County District Attorney's Office said was due to a lack of evidence to help prove a charge of leaving the scene of a fatality.
During subsequent court hearings, Mannillo admitted the truck was carrying a dumpster that was not properly secured. The dumpster had worn hinges; as a result, the heavy door opened and struck Dierna - killing her. Mannillo claims he didn't realize it happened.
Thursday in the courtroom, he turned to the family and said he was sorry.
Dierna's family says the past year has been very difficult, but they do forgive Mannillo.
“It’s not really healthy to keep this bottled up in anger," said Joan's son, John. "We’re not a vigilante family; we’re a religious family and what’s precious to us is already gone.”
“It’s not just a question of forgiveness. I do forgive, but I won’t forget," said Joan's husband, Robert.
Joan's granddaughter, Rachel Jones, hopes he dedicates Mannillo dedicates his life to others, the way her grandmother did.
“It’s important for him to move forward and, in her memory, put some good back in the world," she said, "because that’s what we lost.”
Judge Victoria Argento sentenced Mannillo to eight weekends in jail and five years probation, as previously agreed upon.