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Woman Sentenced For DWI Crash That Killed Westchester Student

Emma Fox
Emma Fox Photo Credit: Contributed

The family of a 21-year-old Manhattanville College student scolded the drunk driver who struck and killed their son in court at her sentencing on Wednesday.

Rye resident Emma Fox, 26, was sentenced for her role as the driver in a fatal crash that took the life of Fishkill resident Robby Schartner, who graduated from Brookfield High School and formerly lived in Putnam County, in Garrison.

According to the deal Fox made last year, she will be sentenced to six months in jail and more than four years of probation after she pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in November last year.

Shortly before 5 a.m. on Oct. 9 last year, Fox was driving her Nissan Sentra on Westchester Avenue in White Plains when she struck and killed Schartner, who was running back to his dorm from downtown White Plains.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said that after striking him, Fox drove approximately a half mile before stopping her car in the shoulder near Meadowbrook Road. A passing motorist noticed damage to Fox’s windshield and proceeded to call 911.

A later autopsy by the Westchester County Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Schartner’s death was blunt force trauma of the body with fractures of skull and ribs, lacerations of brain, lungs, liver and internal hemorrhages.

At sentencing, Schartner’s step-father read a statement on behalf of his family. The statement described the 21-year-old as “caring, thoughtful, smart and charismatic.

“I do not want to see your face,” he said of Fox on behalf of his wife, who was not in attendance, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. “People say she’s made a mistake. There was no mistake. You made a decision to drink and drive.”

In response, Fox made a statement to the court, saying that “there’s not a day since Oct. 9, 2016 that I don’t think about what happened and the pain I have cause the Schartner family.”

As part of her sentence, Fox’s license has been revoked. Following her release, she will also be required to wear an alcohol monitoring device and have an ignition interlock device installed on every vehicle in her household.

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