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April 17, 2009

Woman Charged In DUI Hit-And-Run Death, Claims ‘Traffic Was Too Heavy’ For Her To Stop

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Michele Ammirato, 48, was charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.

The story of a woman jacked up on cocaine, traveling well above the posted limit on a suspended license, and ultimately slamming into, and killing, an elderly woman crossing the street.

A driver charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide after running over an 87-year-old woman came up with an astounding excuse as to why she immediately fled the scene of the crime.

Michele Ammirato, 48, of of Boynton Beach, FL., told police that she knew she hit someone, yet was not able to remain at the scene because “traffic was too heavy for her to stop.”

Police eventually caught up to her, and discovered that she was driving on a license that had been suspended more than six months before the September incident took place. A toxicology report also detected cocaine in her blood at the time of the crash.

The elderly woman, Patricia Servant, was attempting to cross the street in a 35 mile per hour zone when she was struck by Ammirato’s Kia which was traveling at more than 55 miles per hour.

Ammirato was arrested at her home on Monday and charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

The woman has quite a rap sheet stemming from many previous vehicle offenses and other crimes.

Since 2001, Ammirato has been cited six times for speeding which led to five license suspensions after she failed to pay traffic fines.

It was also the second time she was charged with driving on a suspended license.

She’s also had previous arrests on charges of larceny, resisting arrest and dealing in stolen property.

Ammirato is currently being held in the Palm Beach County jail.

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