Yet Another Hit and Run Driver Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law

Modified: December 11, 2015 9:28am


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces that 21 year- old Jessica Kim of 1525 Amherst Manor Drive of the Town of Amherst pleaded guilty as charged to Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting Resulting in Serious Physical Injury before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case This is the highest charge for which Kim could have been convicted had she gone to trial.  In other words, she did not receive a so-called “plea bargain” and was instead prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

On February 27, 2015, Kim, while driving her white Nissan Sentra, struck and seriously injured 24 year-old Charles Skurka of Buffalo, a pedestrian who was walking on Winspear Avenue. Kim then fled the scene.  Kim faces a maximum prison sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years when she is sentenced on January 4, 2016 before Judge Case. 

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Nash, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

DA Sedita stated: “Despite one journal’s misleading narrative to the contrary, the District’s Attorney’s Office has successfully prosecuted thousands upon thousands of felony cases under my administration, all while maintaining a high conviction rate and a no plea policy (with extremely limited exceptions) for indicted cases. Regarding vehicular crimes in particular, this case is yet another in the long litany of hit-and-run cases prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by the professional prosecutors of this office.”