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Carlisle sentenced for hit-and-run

Shown is the stretch of road where Derrick Carlisle hit and left for dead Andria Berger on Nov. 17, 2019, before fleeing to Pennsylvania. Carlisle was sentenced to state prison on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

JOHNSTOWN — A Northville driver whose truck struck and killed a woman in a hit-and-run incident in which she was left with injuries in the road in November 2019 told the victim’s family and friends he was sorry during sentencing Wednesday.

Derrick H. Carlisle, 45, was sentenced by Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to 1 2/3 to seven years in state prison.

“He definitely seemed remorseful,” Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown said this morning.

At sentencing at the County Courthouse, members of the victim’s family and friends spoke and read statements. Carlisle, represented by attorney Kyle Davis, offered an apology to them.

The defendant pleaded guilty Sept. 24 before Hoye to one felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident without reporting, as part of a plea arrangement.

Carlisle was convicted in connection with the early morning Nov. 17, 2019 incident on Route 30 in the town of Northampton. Carlisle admitted to striking and killing Andria Berger, 46, of Broadalbin with the pickup truck he was driving.

“It really was sad and very unfortunate,” Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown said after his plea.

Carlisle could have faced 2 1/3 to seven years in prison.

In addition to admitting to striking Berger with his truck, Carlisle further admitted to leaving the scene and failing to contact the police.

Berger was found by a passerby later that morning, who contacted state police. She was found dead off the roadway of Route 30 near Sacandaga Outdoor Equipment.

As a result of the investigation, troopers determined the type of vehicle they were looking for and put an alert out that ultimately resulted in the defendant being located in Point Township, Pennsylvania. Carlisle was held in Pennsylvania until he was extradited back to Fulton County on June 16.

Brown said today he didn’t wish to add to comments he previously made following the plea.

A news release issued by Brown’s office in September stated that “unfortunately, due to the changes made to the bail laws, the defendant was released at that time. Some friends and family of Ms. Berger were present in the courtroom [Wednesday] for the plea allocution. While any sentence will never be enough to bring back their loved one, they were able to receive some closure.”

State police last fall investigated the tragedy, which Carlisle was the driver of a red, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that hit pedestrian Berger.

An autopsy conducted at Albany Medical Center determined the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma.

It was determined the vehicle that struck her had damage to its passenger side headlight. Troopers said Carlisle’s truck had damages consistent with the incident that occurred.

Carlisle had fled to Pennsylvania in which he was being tracked by New York State Police through his OnStar system, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Leader-Herald in November.

State police then alerted Point Township police, who dispatched officer Kevin Herring to locate the vehicle on Nov. 17. Carlisle was taken into custody.

Point Township police charged Carlisle with receiving stolen property and firearms to not to be carried without a license.

In January, Carlisle pleaded no contest to firearms not to be carried without a license, which means he was neither admitting nor denying the charges, but knew there is enough evidence against him that a jury could find him guilty.

His attorney Michael Suders, of Sunbury, Pa., said no contest has the same effects as a guilty plea, and as part of the no contest plea, the receiving stolen property charge was dropped and the firearms not to be carried without a license was dropped from a felony down to a misdemeanor.

According to the Northumberland County Court, Carlisle was sentenced to time served to one to three months and to pay a $100 fine plus court costs and fees.

“However, the family understood that there is no guarantee of the outcome if the matter went to trial,” the release said of Carlisle not getting the maximum. “Also, due to the current restrictions in place on the court system under the COVID-19 guidelines, the trial may not have occurred until late 2021, during which time the defendant would have remained out of jail.”

Brown noted the case was investigated by members of the New York state police Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, forensic investigations unit and collision reconstruction unit.

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