- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A Wilmington woman will serve five years of probation in the hit-and-run death of the driver of a disabled moped.

Area media outlets report that 22-year-old Stephanie Marie Wells pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony death by motor vehicle and felony hit and run. The charges stemmed from the death in July of last year of 40-year-old Michael James Rankin of Wilmington.

Authorities say the victim was standing in the road next to his disabled moped when he was struck.

A taxi driver saw Wells driving away and followed her to get her license tag number. Later, Wells called police to report the accident.

Wells was sentenced to up to 80 months in prison but at the request of prosecutors, the sentence was suspended to five years of probation.


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