Monrovia hit-and-run driver to be sentenced Friday

PASADENA — A Monrovia woman who pleaded no contest to charges she fled the scene of a crash that badly injured a 12-year-old girl is due to be sentenced Friday, authorities said.
Emma Tapia-Gonzalez, 23, pleaded no contest in late January to a felony count of hit-and-run, a misdemeanor count of driving without a license and an infraction count of driving without insurance, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
She was initially scheduled to be sentenced last Friday, however the hearing was postponed, court officials said. She faces a maximum of four and a half years in prison.
Tapia-Gonzalez struck a 12-year-old Monrovia girl while driving her 1995 Infinite sedan on Huntington Drive at Canyon Boulevard Jan. 27, investigators said. Other children the girl was crossing the street with when struck were not injured.
Tapia-Gonzalez fled the scene following the crash, but was tracked down later in the evening at a Duarte business where her boyfriend worked.
She was released on her own recognizance pending sentencing after entering the no contest pleas Jan. 31.

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