SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A woman who pleaded guilty to DUI and reckless endangerment for a crash that turned deadly three years ago will not spend any time in prison.
Ivy Giordano of Uniondale was sentenced Wednesday morning in Lackawanna County.
The 26-year-old was sentenced to two and a-half years probation Wednesday with the first six months on house arrest for driving under the influence on Montage Mountain Road in Scranton three years ago.
Giordano was leaving a concert at the time and hit Michael Sanders of Dunmore.
The father of three was killed.
“She wasn’t charged with a homicide by vehicle and wasn’t guilty of a homicide,” defense attorney Paul Walker said. “To say that she got off light, the sentence might be light but the emotional impact on her is not light.”
Family members of Sanders wore T-shirts with his picture on it in court.
They keep a memorial in his honor near the place he was hit and killed.
“It’s just a long overdue day for the Sanders family. We’re hoping that we can find peace with what happened here today and justice has been served,” family member Sarah Mecca said.
After Sander’s death, Lackawanna County made a pedestrian walkway on Montage Mountain Road. It is separated from the road itself by barriers.
The Sanders family is now suing Lackawanna County and the sheriff’s department.
They believe the road conditions were just an accident waiting to happen.
“There were no guardrails, there were no sidewalks, there wasn’t even a shoulder never mind lighting. There wasn’t even a light. It was pitch black with nowhere to go,” family attorney Jason Mattioli said.
Besides house arrest and probation, Ivy Giordano was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service, specifically speaking in schools about the dangers of drinking and driving.