DA: Driver in Binghamton University student hit-and-run death pleads guilty to misdemeanor

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Binghamton University student in December has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell announced Monday morning that Aizaz Siddiqui, 26, pleaded guilty on Friday to the misdemeanor of Leaving the Scene of an Accident without Reporting.

On December 3rd 2016, at around 2 a.m., 20-year old B.U. student Stefani Lineva was found lying on the median of Route 434 East, near the Pennsylvania Avenue exit ramp.

She was pronounced dead at Wilson Hospital.

Police say her injuries were consistent with being hit with a car.

Siddiqui was arrested a few days after, and was originally charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident that resulted in death, a Class D Felony

Cornwell says the investigation is continuing.

“Mr. Siddiqui took responsibility for his actions Friday by pleading guilty – though nothing will bring Stefani Lineva back, this is an important step as we continue to seek justice for Stefani and her family. Siddiqui will be sentenced in August for his actions, but there are more individuals out there who bear responsibility for this tragedy, and now our attention turns to them," said Cornwell in a written release.

Siddiqui will be sentenced on August 4th, and the charge carries up to one year in Broome County Jail.


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