For Immediate Release - October 01, 2010

Plaistow Woman Guilty Of Motor Vehicle Homicide

A Haverhill District Court jury this morning found Marie Pigaga, 50, of Plaistow, NH, guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in the 2007 death of Robin Young of Danville, NH. The jury deliberated for about seven hours before returning its verdict following the seven day trial.

Judge Stephen Abany sentenced Pigaga to one year in the House of Correction, 60 days to be served, the balance suspended for five years with probation. Due to the conviction the Registry of Motor Vehicles will revoke her license for 15 years. As a condition of probation the judge ordered her not to drive during that probationary period, and also ordered her to perform 100 hours of community service each year that she is on probation.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core asked for a sentence of 2 ½ years in the House of Correction with a year to be served, while defense attorney Carl Donaldson asked the judge to suspend Pigaga's sentence. The court considered impact statements from Young's family, including a statement by her daughter, who witnessed the incident.

Prosecutor Core presented evidence that on June 18, 2007, Young was at a Haverhill car wash on Route 125 wiping down her GMC Denali when Pigaga's car left the line of traffic, went over a 14 inch retaining wall and struck the victim.

This was the third time Pigaga had been tried for Young's death. The first two trials, one in 2009 and the other in February of this year, ended in hung juries.

Core praised the work of Victim/Witness Advocate Jay Flynn, who provided important support throughout the trial to the victim's family.