Flagler Co. woman pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:08:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 12:36:45 PM EST

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jamesine Fischer

PALM COAST, Fla. -

The wife of a Flagler County School Board member pleaded guilty Thursday to leaving the scene of a crash 15 months ago that took the life of a 76-year-old Palm Coast pedestrian.

Investigators said Jamesine Fischer, 56, struck Francoise Pecqueur as she was walking her dog in Palm Coast on Columbia Lane about 6 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2011.

Pecqueur died two days later.

Fischer did not call for help until nearly 12 hours after the crash, then misled law enforcement about her involvement in the crash.  The sheriff's office handled the call as a medical problem and did not send a deputy for about six hours.  After a three month investigation, Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigators determined that Fischer left the scene of a crash involving death.

Fischer, of Palm Coast, is married to School Board member John Fischer, which raised questions over how the sheriff's office handled the case.

Fischer was facing a March 25 trial and could have faced up to 30 years in prison. In the plea agreement entered Thursday, her maximum sentence would be three years in prison followed by followed by 10 years of probation. Her driver's license would be suspended three years after she's released.

As condition of her probation, she is not to consume alcohol.

Sentencing will take place April 10.

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