DEDHAM, Mass. — A Wellesley woman was sentenced to six months of jail time Friday on a motor vehicle homicide charge after running over and killing a Needham teen in 2018, according to the Norfolk DA’s office.
According to a Friday statement from the Norfolk District Attorney’s office, Dania Antoine-Guiteau attempted to pull around a stopped car that had struck best friends and Needham High students, Adrienne Garrido and Talia Newfield in July 2018. Talia Newfield died from her injuries after being hit by Antoine-Guiteau’s vehicle. Both teens were first struck by a car driven by Robert Berry.
Lisa and Craig Newfield, Talia’s parents, told the judge that Antoine-Guiteau had not reached out to them to apologize until Friday’s court appearence.
“What she did was wanton and reckless. She ended the life of our beautiful daughter Talia,” said Lisa Newfield. “And she has shown no remorse for her actions or even any sympathy for us.”
“An apology or expression of remorse in this context is meaningless to us, your honor, it’s obvious to us,” said Craig Newfield. “As far as I’m concerned, I can’t begin to consider forgiving her.”
When Antoione-Guiteau did apologize Friday, she told the courtroom that she had been told by her lawyer to not reach out to the Newfields and that she was deeply remorseful for the incident.
“I am a mother of two sons. One is 20, one is 16. I’m truly, truly sorry for your loss. I’m so sorry. I hope that when you peace to you and your family. May God bless you,” she said with teary eyes.
“I thank the Needham Police Department and Massachusetts State Police for their thorough investigation, and Assistant District Attorneys Lally and Riley for their work in this trial,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement. “But my thoughts are primarily with the Newfield family, who have shown great patience and resolve in seeing this through, and the Garrido family for their awful loss.”
According to Morrissey’s office, prosecutors petitioned Judge Beverly Cannone to impose a two-and-a-half-year sentence with two years to serve but the judge elected to impose a two-and-a-half-year sentence with six months to serve.
Antoine- Guiteau will also have her license suspended for at least 15 years with the possibility of life.
The Wellesley woman will report on January 3, 2023 to begin her sentencing.
The trial for Robert Berry is set to begin on February 28, 2023.
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