Woman gets 15 years in Ponte Vedra crashes
A woman found guilty in a non-jury trial after her SUV struck a bicyclist, a police car, a motor scooter and two other cars head-on in a series of crashes in 2010 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.
Andrea Zampatti was driving a Range Rover on State Road A1A in Ponte Vedra when she hit a couple of mailboxes, then a 65-year-old bicyclist and a police cruiser.
Zampatti tried to hit another deputy trying to stop her on Mickler's Road, deputies said. Then she crashed into a motor scooter and two other cars on Palm Valley Road.
After the crash, deputies said, Zampatti took off running. She was later caught and taken to jail, charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery and numerous traffic violations.
Deputies said alcohol was believed to have been a factor.
Three crash victims were hospitalized.
The judge rejected the defense's insanity plea, after Zampatti was initially adjudicated not competent for trial.
Her defense lawyer is appealing and asked that Zampatti be released on bond pending appeal. That was denied.
After Zampatti gets out of prison, her driver's license will be revoked for five years.
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