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.