NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — After more than two years, a man has been sentenced in a deadly crash that resulted in the death of Patricia Gurka.
Police say Robert Grenier was driving 90 miles per hour when he crashed into a utility pole on Route 16, killing the 47-year-old mother of four who was a passenger in the car.
On Friday, he plead guilty to manslaughter in court and will spend up to six years in a state prison.
The victim’s family suspects that Grenier was drunk driving and deserved a tougher sentence.
“He’s never once apologized for hitting my sister.” said JoAnn Sullivan, “I think he should have gotten 10 years to serve, with five years probation.”
Sullivan says she told the judge overseeing the case that she was not trying to be vindictive when asking for a stiffer penalty, but just trying to prevent another tragedy.