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Man Sentenced For Running Over, Fatally Injuring Hudson Valley Attendant

Milton Galdamez-Pena, 22
Milton Galdamez-Pena, 22 Photo Credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office

A man who ran over and killed a Hudson Valley gas station attendant was sentenced Thursday to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.

Milton Galdamez-Pena, 22, of Newburgh, who pleaded guilty in November to felony leaving the scene, in connection with the July 30, automobile crash that killed a gas station employee in the City of Newburgh.

At the time that he pleaded guilty, Galdamez-Pena admitted that at about 4:30 p.m. on July 30, he drove a car over the employee, Jaspal Singh, 21, who had been checking gas levels at the Shell gas station located at 405 Broadway. After the car struck Singh, Galdamez-Pena placed the BMW in reverse, causing the car to once again drive over the employee, the DA's Office said.

Galdamez-Pena also admitted that after backing up the car up over the employee, he parked the car, exited his vehicle, looked at the severely injured employee, and drove away without reporting the collision. He was later arrested by the City of Newburgh Police.

“There is no excuse for leaving someone you have seriously injured, except to get that person help, or to report the incident to the proper authorities," said Hoovler. "This defendant admitted failing to take actions that both the law and common humanity require. I commend the City of Newburgh Police Department for their actions in ensuring that this defendant can be held accountable for his crime.”

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