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10 years for fatal hit-and-run

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:30 am

A Brooklyn man who struck and killed a special education student outside John Adams High School in 2005 and then fled the country for seven years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Bartolo Paula, 56, of Brooklyn hit 15-year-old Jeffrey Javier with his vehicle on Oct. 26, 2005, while making a left turn onto Rockaway Boulevard from 101st Street.

According to the charges, Paula was stopped at a red light and made the left when the light turned green, striking Javier in the crosswalk.

After hitting Javier, Paula kept driving. A witness followed the defendant for several blocks, took down his license plate number and turned it over to police, who later interviewed Paula.

After agreeing to surrender to police the next day, Paula instead fled to the Dominican Republic and ultimately to Spain, where he was found and extradited from in December. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on June 19.

Javier, who suffered a fractured skull and other injuries, later died at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

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