SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to 2 years probation after pleading guilty in a fatal hit-and-run which killed a Cane Bay High School student two years ago.
Cassie Gelzer pleaded guilty on Monday to leaving the scene of an accident involving a minor injury. She was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death or bodily injury.
Gelzer is accused of hitting 17-year-old Ronny Gallardo with her 1994 Mazda sedan on U.S. 176 near Cane Bay High School on March 6, 2011. South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say she drove off, but returned to the scene later.
Gelzer was released from the Hill-Finklea Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond later that April.
Gallardo's family was upset by the judge's decision. "I was shocked," said Kent Clark, Gallardo's uncle. "I thought he was going to put a bond on her, but a PR bond?"
The maximum penalty for Gelzer's charge is 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Cane Bay High School Principal Dr. Lee Westberry said Gallardo was "a good kid." He was a member of the A Honor Roll and a junior firefighter.
"He was liked by everyone, and had a wonderful way of bridging the gap between all students. He will be greatly missed," Westbury added.
Gallardo's aunt, Amelia Clark, echoed those sentiments, "I was looking forward to him. I wanted to live long enough for him to be a grown man. To marry and have children. He was a good, good young man."