Man that struck, killed pedestrian in Saratoga Springs sentenced

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A man who pleaded guilty to striking and killing a pedestrian while she was crossing the road in Saratoga Springs was sentenced to prison Friday.

The 55-year–old victim, Jamie Jo McBride, suffered serious head and chest trauma and was taken to Saratoga Hospital, then transferred to Albany Medical Center where she later died.

Saratoga Springs Police said at the time that the victim was crossing Ballston Avenue, following the rules of the road and in the crosswalk, when a driver making a right turn onto Ballston Avenue struck her. 

The driver, Paul Nicholson II, 28, of Marion Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was initially charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated. A chemical test of Nicholson’s blood revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.18 perent – an amount more than twice the legal limit

He later pleaded guilty to two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter.

The victim’s sister told Nicholson, “I hope your time in prison will help you deal with your alcohol problem.”

The judge sentenced Nicholson to three to nine years in prison on both counts and will serve them concurrently. As part of the sentence, he will be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he owns or ever operates upon his release for 3 additional years
Prior to his sentencing, he apologized to the victim’s family and said he would never drink again. 

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