Teens with Ties to Georgia Pleads Guilty in CT Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Case
GREENWICH, CT. – September 13, 2018 (greenwichtime.com) In a Connecticut court September 13, a teenager with ties to Georgia pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from a 2016 deadly pedestrian hit-and-run crash. The story is reported online by greenwichtime.com.*
On April 17, 2016, 19-year-old Andrew Schmidt (then 17 years old) was driving a Mercedes Benz SUV on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. Schmidt was driving alongside some of his friends, who were in a Honda, and he was reportedly driving recklessly — speeding and swerving toward the Honda several times as a joke. At the intersection with Hillside Road, the traffic light turned yellow, and Schmidt sped through, striking a pedestrian who was trying to cross the road.
The pedestrian, 43-year-old Edward Setterberg, of Cos Cob, Connecticut, flew 130 feet upon impact and died from his injuries. Reports indicate the driver of the Honda called Schmidt on his cell phone after the crash and said to Schmidt, “You just killed someone.” A passenger in Schmidt’s Mercedes then phoned a passenger in the Honda and told him to leave the scene and not call the police. However, the teens in the Honda stopped and called 911.
Authorities went to Schmidt’s residence the following day and found a gold Mercedes Benz with front-end damage and a cracked windshield. The car was registered in Georgia under Schmidt’s mother’s name. The license plate had been removed when officers arrived, and plastic bags had been duct taped to the front of the car. Schmidt told officers he had hit a deer the night before. He was later arrested and charged as an adult.
On September 13, Schmidt pleaded guilty to evading responsibility resulting in death. He is facing one to three years in prison and several years of probation. Sentencing will take place November 28.
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