Hit and Run Killer Sentenced to Prison

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A woman found guilty in a fatal hit and run case was sentenced to prison Friday in a Panama City courtroom.

Circuit Judge James Fensom sentenced Juliana Ellzey to 10 years in prison Friday for leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman.

Assistant State Attorney Bob Sombathy took Ellzey, 23, of 6214 Pinetree Ave., Apt. B, to trial in February and showed jurors that she was out drinking the night of Jan. 19 and into the morning of Jan. 20 before driving away from a bar on Thomas Drive in her roommate’s vehicle.

A few minutes later she hit Allison Simms as she was walking along Thomas Drive. The impact left a “body impression” in the hood and killed Simms almost instantly. But Simms’ body became lodged under the vehicle and was dragged for 50 feet.

Sombathy said that despite the violent collision and dragging, Ellzay did not stop. She told police later that she was so drunk that she didn’t know she’d hit someone, but knew she’d hit something.

Ellzey was convicted of leaving the scene of a crash with a death. Fensom sentenced her to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years probation.

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