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Rutgers Student Receives Probation for South Brunswick Hit and Run

Shivangi Patel has been sentenced to one year probation for hit and run at South Brunswick High School that sent a 14-year-old student to the hospital.

A Rutgers student charged last year following a hit and run at South Brunswick High School was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty last month.

Shivangi Patel, 20, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick pleaded guilty to one count of endangering an injured victim, and also pleaded guilty to a motor vehicle offense of failure to yield to a pedestrian, according to court records.

Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone sentenced Patel on Jan. 24 to serve probation for one year. Patel will also lose her driver's license for three months, must serve 15 days of community service, and was ordered by the judge to "stay in school," according to court records.

Patel At about 7:25 a.m., police said Patel struck a 14-year-old SBHS student in the crosswalk in front of the school, shortly after the victim had been dropped off by her father.

The victim was knocked onto the hood of Patel's Nissan Altima and hit the windshield of the car, smashing a large hole in the glass, according to police. The victim suffered a severe concussion and a fractured clavicle. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was treated and released.

"The preliminary results of the investigation indicate Ms. Patel was traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit when she struck the victim," said South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan last year.

Police said that after the collision, Patel fled the scene and headed towards First Avenue. Patel then allegedly had her father drive her back to SBHS, where she arrived shortly before 8 a.m. and conducted her classroom observations until about 11 a.m., according to police.

Patel had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, endangering the welfare of an injured victim, and numerous additional motor vehicle violations. 

Patel's father,  of fourth-degree hindering apprehension by attempting to conceal the vehicle and the driver from police. Rajesh Patel was also issued a summons for failure to report an accident and for concealing evidence. 

Concerned4Society February 15, 2013 at 03:37 PM
She sounds like a woman who has absolutely no conscience, but plenty of self-preservation. Psychopath? How could she actually go home, have her father drive her to school, and then sit and observe classes? Not only was she going twice the speed limit, she had the presence of mind to flee the scene without even giving a thought to the child she injured. For this she gets one year probation? Something is very, very wrong with our legal system. I hope this person does not intend to become a teacher; I would hate to think about children being under her care.
CapeMan February 16, 2013 at 01:50 AM
She & the father should be in jail for at least a year, chances are she's new to this country but readily and stealthily avoided true punishment! Lock her up & take away her potential teachers license!

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