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Milwaukee man pleads no contest in fatal hit-run crash

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee driver pleaded no contest Wednesday to killing a woman in a hit and run crash. 

48-year-old Edwood Hastings is scheduled to be sentenced November 26th on his original felony charge of hit and run causing death. The state did not announce a sentencing recommendation. The charge calls for up to 25 years behind bars. 

Witnesses said Hastings was speeding when his car struck and killed 32-year-old Andrea Barringer, one of three women running across the street.

It happened the night of August 11th on a busy Farwell Avenue on Milwaukee's east side. Authorities said the three women had just left a restaurant, and Barringer was in a legal crosswalk when she was hit. 

Hastings told police he had just bought groceries, and was driving home when he tried to avoid hitting Barringer but couldn't. He told police that he didn't stop because he wanted to talk to his family before he turned himself in the next day. 

Barringer was a graduate student in art therapy, and was engaged to be married two days before she died.

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