COLDSPRING - A Jamestown resident pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to leaving the scene of a fatal accident that occurred in July.
Christina H. Head, 20, of Jamestown, currently incarcerated in the Chautauqua County Jail on an unrelated charge, waived prosecution by indictment and entered the guilty plea to one count of felony leaving the scene of a fatal accident without reporting.
According to Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County district attorney, Ms. Head was involved in a one-vehicle accident July 4 on West Perimeter Road in Coldspring.
"She was driving a car and was involved in a motor vehicle accident," she said. "She lost control and went off the road and one of the passengers died."
There were two other passengers in the car at the time of the accident. Alfred Jones, one of the passengers, died due to the accident. The other passenger, Randy Harrington, was also injured.
"There were two other people in the car, one of them being the fatality, the other one just being another friend of hers," she said.
According to Rieman, Ms. Head then left the scene of the accident.
"She left the scene without securing help," she said. "She never did come back."
Head then went to the hospital the next day, she said.
"She left and went to the hospital the next day and made up some excuse about falling down the stairs," she said. "She lied about the source of her injuries."
Officials believe that due to the nature of the accident, it's possible Ms. Head had been drinking at the time.
"Certainly the evidence would seem to point to that," she said. "We didn't get her until the next day, so it is hard to prove, but there was a lot of evidence that yes, she had been drinking."
Ms. Head will be sentenced on March 28. According to Rieman, the likely sentence will include time in prison.
"The judge said he wouldn't go over 2 to 6 years," she said. "So it could be anywhere from probation to 2 to 6 years, but I think its more likely that there will be some prison time."