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Father Of West Austin Hit And Run Victim Speaks Out
The father of Courtney Griffin, the victim of a May 2011 hit an run in West Austin, spoke to the media on Thursday (his daughter's birthday), saying he was astonished that the woman who killed his daughter received probation and not prison time.
Gabrielle Nestande was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for criminally negligent homicide – but the jury has recommended a suspended sentence and 10 years of probation.
Nestande a former staff worker at the Texas legislature admitted during the trial to being distracted by her phone that night when she hit Courtney. She was driving home from a Rainey Street bar when she hit Courtney in a bike lane.
During her trial she claimed that she thought someone had thrown a rock at her window, and that was why she did not stop. She drove to her boyfriend's home and went to sleep – she was arrested at the Capitol the next day after someone reported her damaged car to police.
During an interview Thursday, Bart Griffin said he was looking into filing a civil lawsuit against Nestande. "She was lying, it was obvious she was lying, but she still got probation," he says.
We'll have the interview attached to this story later today.