For Immediate Release - January 30, 2012

Saugus Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Pedestrian

Steffany Barbanti, 24, of 10 Cedar Glen Circle, Saugus, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to leaving the scene of personal injury, resulting in death.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Susan Dolhun asked the court to set bail in the amount of $100,000 cash, and asked that the defendant not be allowed to drive while this case is pending. 

Judge Albert Conlon set bail at $7,500 and continued her case until March 16 for a probable cause hearing.  The judge also ordered her not to drive without a valid license.

Barbanti allegedly struck Christos Agganis, 81, of 333 Central Street, Saugus, at about 5:15 p.m. on January 28, 2010, as he was walking across the street near his home, and left the scene.  Agganis died about three hours later at Massachusetts General Hospital.

If convicted Barbanti faces  2 ½ years in the House of Correction, with a one year mandatory minimum sentence, or 2 ½ to 10 years in state prison.    

Barbanti, who was arrested Saturday by Saugus Police, is represented by Attorney Alfred Farese, Jr.