Syracuse teen pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old in 2017

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse teen has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a hit-and-run crash back in 2017 that took the life of a 2-year-old girl.

Felix Santos, who was 17 at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, leaving the scene of a deadly crash and reckless driving.

In court on Monday, Santos admitted to hitting and killing 2-year-old Jameisha Standford in the 400 block of Shonnard Street last May.

Investigators say Jameisha was using chalk on the sidewalk with her family when a driver lost control and hit her, her brother, and her father. Her brother and father survived. 

Santos fled the scene and was found in North Carolina in July of 2017. 

Two months after the crash, Santos took to Facebook to admit his wrongdoings and to apologize to the family. 

In May of 2018, her family said things may never be back to normal.

On the anniversary of her death, Jameisha’s grandmother, Tracy Snow, said: “Today was about remembering Jameisha and her life, and how she was a happy girl, not doing anything but sitting on the step playing with chalk, and then she didn’t know what was coming, she didn’t know what hit her, and got her life taken, in an instant.” 

Santos could spend three to nine years in prison. 

He will be officially sentenced on Oct. 30.

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