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State Senate Passes Bill That Increases Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers

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The state Senate has passed a bill that increases penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

The legislation, which still has to be passed by the Assembly, means that a driver found to be involved in a hit-and-run resulting in death could face up to 15 years in prison.

Sponsoring senators cited hit-and-run accidents in Brooklyn as recently as this week, including one that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl.

In a statement about the legislation, state Senator Martin Golden said, "These criminals show a blatant disregard for human life and this bill increases the penalties to reflect the seriousness of their actions."

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