Driver Gets Prison for Deadly Hit-Run of S.I. Grandmother

The heroic woman pushed her 8-year-old grandson out of the way before she was killed by a hit-and-run driver

Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 4:23 PM EDT
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Clara Almazo, 57, right, and her grandson, Brian Herrera-Ramirez, left

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A driver has received a six-month prison term for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian who was credited with pushing her 8-year-old grandson out of danger.

The Staten Island Advance says Brian McGurk also was sentenced Monday to five years' probation and 250 hours of community service.

Clara Almazo was killed on April 5, 2012, after leaving a Holy Thursday church service.

Her daughter, Sophia Herrera, says the family is devastated. She says the grandchild who was saved still wakes up crying at night.

McGurk said in court Monday that he didn't realize right away what had happened, then went into a state of shock. He said he now lives with regret.

McGurk pleaded guilty to leaving the scene.

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