Deadly Newington hit-and-run driver sentenced - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Deadly Newington hit-and-run driver sentenced

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Dennis Martinez was sentenced to 10 years in prison. (WFSB photo) Dennis Martinez was sentenced to 10 years in prison. (WFSB photo)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A man accused of fleeing one crash and killing a woman in another, has been sentenced.

Dennis Martinez, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in prison but he could be released after five.

Prosecutors said the crash happened in February. Martinez was reportedly traveling at 83 miles per hour, more than double the speed limit.

Martinez backed into a car in Newington, then crashed into a car driven by Sonya Atkins on the Berlin Turnpike.

Prosecutors said Atkins was on her way home from her job at the Department of Motor Vehicles when it happened. She died at Hartford Hospital.

After several days on the run, police said Martinez turned himself in.

"He is not a nice person, he didn't have any remorse and he didn't care about the consequences," said Tasha Clayton, the victim's sister.

The Atkins family also said Martinez's decision to flee actually helped reduce his sentence. The 10 year, suspended after five, sentence was partially based on the fact that no drugs or alcohol was found in his system.

Five days before the crash, Martinez was one of dozens who were arrested in a cockfighting bust in East Windsor.

The Atkins family said they thought Martinez's past would have played a part in his sentencing.

"He didn't have any remorse and he didn't care about the consequences," Clayton said.

Eyewitness News will have more on that tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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