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July 30, 2015

Probation in hit-and-run case angers relatives of victim

POSTED 5:15 AM, JULY 30, 2015, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ Relatives of a suburban St. Louis man killed by a hit-and-run vehicle are angry after the driver received probation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 55-year-old Yelena Pelts of Chesterfield was sentenced Wednesday for the February 2014 accident that killed 41-year-old Roy Joseph of Chesterfield.

Pelts struck Joseph with her minivan. His body was found off the road in snow the next morning. Pelts was arrested about a week later.

Pelts’ attorney says she is remorseful and thought she had hit an animal or road sign.

One relative of Joseph called the sentence “a travesty of justice.”

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