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Woman sentenced to six years in Pueblo hit-and-run

Jessica Hunyadi to serve six years in prison
Posted at 11:03 PM, Jan 16, 2020

PUEBLO — The woman who forever changed a Pueblo man's life in a hit-and-run accident from last summer now knows her fate.

31-year-old Jessica Hunyadi has been sentenced to six years in prison and seven years of probation. She was sentenced for a hit-and-run accident where she allegedly fled the scene after striking 71-year-old Gary Amendola's car.

Amendola's car flipped, and he was left with several injuries, including broken vertebrae and a concussion. He said he still has lasting impacts from that accident, but did get a bit of closure after seeing the case closed.

"The justice system works very slow, this was our fifth court appearance... I feel somewhat justified. I feel vindicated," Amendola said right after the sentencing.

Despite the medical bills and health repercussions, Amendola said he hopes Hunyadi can get the help she needs.

"Maybe in that amount of time, she can correct herself and become a mother again to her three kids," Amendola said.

Hunyadi also spoke in court on Thursday and said she's a victim of domestic violence, has struggled with addiction, and knows she needs help. She said she never intended to hurt anyone, and wants to make things right.

Previous reporting:
Arrest made in connection to Pueblo hit and run