BOSTON - The driver who struck a pedestrian in Chinatown and dragged her from Chinatown to I-93 was sentenced to five to six years.
Xiao Ying Zhou pleaded guilty this week to hitting Yue Yin Gong in Chinatown in 2016 then dragging her for more than two miles. Gong was left with debilitating injuries where she's unable to dress or bathe herself and relies on a walker.
In Suffolk court Thursday, Zhou and Gong met. Gong and her husband made short impact statements through an interpreter saying, "You ruined my life" and "She really caused me lots of pain."
Zhou apologized to Gong several times in court, asking for forgiveness.
BREAKING: Attorney for driver in hit and drag from 2016 says client has shown great remorse. Defendant has been inconsolable, attorney says. Wanted to apologize. Asks for 5-6 years. @boston25— Jim Morelli (@MorelliJim) October 11, 2018
The state wanted a 10-12 year sentence, but the court imposed half of that.
"I cannot find, based on everything that I know, that you knew that there was someone trapped under the vehicle," said Judge Peter Krupp.
The judge also noted the lifelong mental anguish that Zhou had gone through. Her attorney said Zhou grew up in China during an extremely repressive time and was subject to the one baby rule and had a child taken away from her.
BREAKING: Judge says he recognizes driver in hit and drag incident from 2016 has mental health issues. May face deportation. @boston25— Jim Morelli (@MorelliJim) October 11, 2018
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