It is guilty on all counts for an Irondequoit woman charged in a deadly hit and run. After just 3 hours of deliberations Vanessa McKinney was convicted of leaving the scene of an incident and running a red light. That accident last November left Monroe Countysocial worker Bertina Forde dead.
"It has been a long, long road to travel,” said Larry Forde, Bertina’s father. "Finally justice has been served. I have been saddened by this ordeal for so long but God has had his reign."
Vanessa McKinney showed little emotion throughout her entire trial and remained stoic even as the guilty verdict was read.
"She never acted like she cared and I'm a caring father. I was always there for my child from the inception into this world until now I was there for my baby,” said Larry Forde.
It was last November 13ththat Bertina Forde, a Monroe County social worker, was struck on St. Paul Street. Behind the wheel of the SUV that hit her was Vanessa McKinney. McKinney left the scene. Her defense attorney argued she didn't know she hit a person. The prosecution said any reasonable person would have pulled over.
"It would be impossible for anybody not to know that they struck something, if not someone,” said prosecutor Christopher Rodeman.
"It's a beginning to closure I think when we come back for the sentencing and she gets the maximum then we can begin to see some closure,” said Tammy Stamps, Bertina’s sister.
McKinney was taken into custody after the verdict was read and is being held without bail. She faces up to seven years in prison when she's sentenced later this month.
McKinney is also facing charges in connection with a fight at Rochester’s Water Street Music Hall in September and she was arrested for shoplifting at Marketplace Mall earlier this year.