By David Hodges and Elizabeth Kantlehner
Robin Stanfield Ragsdale has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of a hit-and-run Wednesday afternoon. The charges stem from a September 15, 2010 incident when Ragsdale hit Elon student Toorialy Fazly and drove away.
Ragsdale was sentenced to 15-18 months in a state prison.
Ragsdale’s defense attorney, Kelly Fairman, said that her client was dealing with many mental health issues after the accident.
Ragsdale was previously charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in 2007.
She received treatment at Moses Cone hospital and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. A psychiatrist who treated Ragsdale at the hospital gave details about her treatment and mental heath at today’s hearing.
Ragsdale struck Fazly while he was biking to class. Ragsdale says she stopped and got out of her car to see if he was okay, then got back in her car and drove away.
Fazly was later life-flighted to Duke Medical where he received treatment for his injuries.
Ragsdale’s defense attorney argued that she should receive house arrest for a year so that she could continue to receive mental health care–including that after the accident, Ragsdale wanted to kill herself.
In addition to the time she will serve for the hit-and-run charge, Ragsdale will also serve 90 days in prison for a parole violation.