Bart Griffin walked away in silence the day a Travis County jury recommended a sentence of 10 years’ probation for former legislative aide Gabrielle Nestande, the woman who struck and killed his daughter with her car and left the scene.
The verdict left Griffin shocked and without closure, he told a cluster of reporters Thursday in the living room of his Buda home, speaking publicly for the first time since the end of the closely watched trial last week. But his fight to toughen penalties for hit-and-run drivers is far from over, he said.
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Fatal crashes in which someone failed to stop and render aid in Austin in the past five calendar years:
• 2012: 12
• 2011: 8
• 2010: 5
• 2009: 9
• 2008: 15
Source: Austin Police Department
Failure to stop and render aid cases resolved in Travis County courts in the past five fiscal years:
• 2012: 95
• 2011: 115
• 2010: 108
• 2009: 69
• 2008: 64
Source: Travis County Office of Court Administration